The contract provided technical assistance to the Commission in the assessment of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive (FD) by the 28 Member States of the EU. This included support in the development of the assessment methodology and preparation of technical reports according to a methodology to be agreed upon with the Commission. These technical reports will be used by the Commission as a basis for the preparation of Commission reports on the implementation of the two Directives. Given that they will form an initial basis for further analysis supporting the review of the Directives, the Commission intends to publish these implementation reports in spring 2018.
Fresh Thoughts was responsible for checking two Member States and all the international River Basins and held the topic lead for different areas (abstractions and water scarcity, agriculture, objectives and exemptions, climate change, and droughts).