Supporting the Grand-Duché de Luxembourg by answering the EU PILOT on the WFD

Supporting the Grand-Duché de Luxembourg by answering the EU PILOT on the WFD

With the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EU) (WFD), the EU realigned its water and water protection policy in 2000 and further developed it, including:

  • Water protection for all water bodies, groundwater and surface water;
  • Obligation to achieve/maintain a “good status” for all waters, as a rule by 2015; ‘good status’ is defined holistically – for surface waters via biology (microfauna, microflora, fish fauna), chemistry and morphology, for groundwater via chemistry and quantitative balance;
  • Water management based on river basins, across administrative and political boundaries;
  • Linking emission and immission criteria;
  • Prices for water-related services that reflect the cost recovery principle and thus support resource protection;
  • Broad involvement of citizens, communities and stakeholders in planning and decision-making processes in preparing river basin plans.

By the end of 2020, the European Commission (EC) initiated a pilot procedure for the implementation of the WFD against Luxembourg.

Fresh Thoughts supported the Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau (AGE) in the following areas:

  • Development of argumentation lines.
  • Drafting responses to the EC’s letter.
  • Revision of texts prepared by the AGE.


Freshwater Management






Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau, Luxembourg

geographic scope:



Thomas Dworak
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