Saturday 20 January 2018

We're on collision course with EU over water fiasco

Under the 2000 Water Framework Directive, EU member states are obliged to protect and improve the quality of all waters and achieve “good ecological status” no later than 2027. (Stock photo)
Under the 2000 Water Framework Directive, EU member states are obliged to protect and improve the quality of all waters and achieve “good ecological status” no later than 2027. (Stock photo)
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Among the biggest issues facing the minority Government is water charges. Opposition TDs have demanded they be abolished, but a statement from the European Commission this week appears to suggest that even if the Dáil votes to scrap the charges, there may be a legal problem.

Why? There are two main reasons.

Under the 2000 Water Framework Directive, EU member states are obliged to protect and improve the quality of all waters and achieve "good ecological status" no later than 2027.

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