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Aqua publica europea – ceep – EurEau Workshop on the Drinking Water Directive7 October 2015, Milan

Evaluation of the DWD – the European Commission perspective

Dr.

Claudia Castell-Exner, member EU commission 1 “Drinking water”

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The European Union has a history of over 30 years of drinking water policy: DWD was introduced in 1980 and revised in 1998. The main pillars of the policy are to: Ensure that drinking water quality is controlled through standards based on the latest scientific evidence; Secure an efficient and effective monitoring, assessment and enforcement of drinking water quality; Provide the consumers with adequate, timely and appropriately information; Contribute to the broader EU water and health policy;

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The Commission performed in 2014 a public consultation on the quality of drinking water in the EU in order to assess the need for improvementsResults call upon to improve its drinking water policy in certain areas such as – ensuring dw quality in remote and rural areas; better information for the public; improve monitoring systems; materials and products in contact with drinking water; review list of parameters and values to be met

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To date, the Commission has made the following progress:Revision of technical annexes: Commission worked in close consultation with Member States, experts and stakeholders on a revised text for Annex II (Monitoring) and Annex III (Specification for the analysis of parameters)On 20 April 2015, the Drinking Water Committee gave a positive opinion to adapt these Annexes to scientific and technical progress.

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The new Annex II provides an option to perform the drinking water monitoring in around 100,000 water supply zones in Europe in a more flexible way with appropriate frequencies, provided a risk assessment is performed ensuring full protection of public health.

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It follows the principle of ‘hazard analysis and critical control point’ (HACCP) used already in food legislation, and the Water Safety Plan approach laid down in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. Annexes to be published in autumn 2015 Transposition period of 24 months.

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Concerning radioactive substances in drinking water, in 2013 a Council Directive 2013/51/EURATOM was adopted, to be transposed by 28 November 2015, superseding the radioactivity requirements in Directive 98/83/EC.

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To date, the Commission has made the following progress (ff.):2) Evaluation: Evaluation of the overall Directive has been included in the Commissions' Working Plan "A new Start" 2015, as part of the wider response to the European Citizens Initiative Right2Water.

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Objective of this ex-post evaluation under REFIT, the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance program, is to evaluate past and current performance. Overall aim of REFIT: to make EU law simpler, reduce costs … support growth and jobs.

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2) Evaluation (ff): Evaluation and Fitness Check Roadmap - DWD: “High quality, safe drinking water is essential for public health and well being and an important asset for the economy. ““Whilst not a commercial product like any other, water is economically important” “A good supply infrastructure is essential to provide high quality water services to citizens and an essential precondition for the development of economic activities.”

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2) Evaluation (ff): External study has been launched. www.safe2drink.eu. The evaluation study report providing further evidence is scheduled for end 2015 Stakeholder consultation: 26 May 2015 Interviews with MS, NGO’s, service providers etc. in June 2015

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It turns out to be very difficult to evaluate whether the articles of the DWD are efficient, effective and coherentNext stakeholder consultation: 8 December 2015 -> presentation of the report -> opportunity to address options (what should be amended? What articles to keep …) from stakeholders point of view DG Env intends to launch a special study on materials and products in contact with drinking water (12 months duration, starting in 11/2015)

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Back up slides

13/06/2014

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Interview Guidelines

stakeholders

:

Academics

RELEVANCE

Are

the

overall

objectives

of

the

Directive

(still) relevant

for

the

protection

of human

health

?

Which

parameters

and

related

parametric

values

are

relevant

for

the

protection

of

drinking

water

quality

?

What

is

the

relevance

of

the

Directive‘s

articles

related

to

i)

standard

setting

ii)

monitoring

iii)

proactive

and

remedial

measures

and iv)

communication

?

EFFECTIVENESS

What

is

the

scope

of

the

Directive

and

to

what

extent

does

it

cover

the

needs

of all EU

citizens

?

To

what

extent

has

the

Directive

achieved

ist

objectives

?

What

have

been

the

(

unintended

)

effects

of

the

DWD

beyond

protecting

human

health

?

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EFFICIENCY

Is

providing

up

-

to

-date

information

to

consumers

contributing

to

the

achievement

of

the

DWD?

To

what

extent

are

the

costs

involved

wiht

implementing

the

DWD

justified

given

the

changes

which

have

been

achieved

?

What

have

been

the

factors

influencing

the

efficiency

of

the

DWD?

What

has

been

the

value

of

the

risk

based

approach

vs.

monitoring

at

the

tap

?

COHERENCE

and EU

value

added

To

what

extent

is

the

Directive

coherent

with

other

legislation

in

the

same

policy

area

?

To

what

extent

is

the

Directive

internally

coherent

?

What

has

been

the

EU

added

value

of

the

Directive

?


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