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WFD and FD to get fitness check

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The fitness check will see a comprehensive investigation of the FD and WFD – including its daughter directives the Groundwater Directive and the Environmental Quality Standards Directive – from now until the third quarter of 2019.

The check will aim to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and added value of the WFD and the FD. A key part of this will be to evaluate if both directives would benefit from regulatory simplification and burden reduction - using a cost-benefit approach  to weigh the pros and cons.

Early implementation reports are expected to be published in 2018 - showing the current status of European water bodies and actions taken to meet those objectives.

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