Lords inquiry told of problems in EC proposal on water resources

Major issues which will guarantee difficult negotiations on the draft EC framework Directive on water resources were flagged up during an inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities in July. Most witnesses agreed that defining "good" ecological quality will be problematic, and raised doubts whether the proposal that "good" status should be achieved in most surface and groundwaters by 2010 is either practicable or desirable. Meanwhile, environmental organisations pinpointed a lack of emphasis on management of demand for water as a major omission from the Directive.

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