The 5th European Water Conference aims to present and discuss progress in the implementation of EU water legislation. The event is jointly organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment and the forthcoming Austrian EU Presidency.
Around 400 representatives from EU countries, stakeholder groups in relevant economic, social and environmental sectors, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency and other EU institutions will have the opportunity to debate about the findings of the different water-related reports and learn from each other's experiences in view of the next water planning cycles. The ongoing Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive, its associated Directives and the Floods Directive, and the evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) will also be discussed.
The main objective of EU water legislation is to achieve good status of the EU's water resources. During 2018, a new comprehensive assessment of the state of implementation will become available. This will include a forthcoming Commission report on the EU Member States' second River Basin Management Plans and first Flood Risk Management Plans, together with the forthcoming State of Water Report 2018 from the European Environment Agency.