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Albert Weale, Geoffrey Pridham, Michelle Cini, Dimitrios Konstadakopulos, Martin Porter, and Brendan Flynn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199257478.001.0001

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Water Quality and European Environmental Governance

Water Quality and European Environmental Governance

(p.356) 10 Water Quality and European Environmental Governance
Environmental Governance in Europe

Albert Weale

Geoffrey Pridham

Michelle Cini

Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Martin Porter

Brendan Flynn

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a core subset of EU water directives as a way of illustrating the operation of the EU's system of environmental governance in respect of water policy. First, this chapter describes the EU's approach to water pollution policy, and in particular the significance of a particular set of directives, including the drinking water directive and the bathing water directive. Then, the focus moves to the process leading up to the directive on urban waste water. Finally, this chapter evaluates how far national policies and approaches have been changed, if at all, by EU developments in clear water policy. The conclusion is that, while EU water directives had an undoubted impact on national policy systems, there is little clear evidence of an outright Europeanisation of policy.

Keywords:   European Union, water quality, directives, environmental governance, water policy, drinking water, bathing water, waste water, water pollution

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