Support to the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

Name of client/Beneficiary: 
Hungarian Ministry for Transportation Water Management and Environment
Start Date : 
November, 2002
Completion Date : 
December, 2004
Funding organisation: 
Union Européenne
Name of Associated partners if any: 
German Federal Ministry of Environment and Nuclear Safety
Description of the project: 

This twinning project led by Germany in partnership with France, represented by the International Office for Water, aimed to assist Hungary with revising the national law, regulation procedures in order to implement some aspects of the Water Framework Directive as well as to ensure full institutional capacity building in fulfilling the planning, regulation, reporting and information requirements.
The main outputs of the project were:
1- Introduction to the ‘safety installation’ principle regarding the discharges of dangerous substances,
2- Data structuring in order to meet WFD requirements,
3- Support for better international cooperation to meet WFD requirements,
4- Presentation of the French experience for the formulation of management plans,
5- Transfer of knowledge and operational experience through professional training for fast and efficient responses in case of accidental water pollution.

Description of services provided by IOW: 

- Organization of a colloquium in Budapest for 80 participants,
- Organization of various workshops,
- Finalization of a pilot project on data management,
- Field trips of Hungarian specialists to France,
- Two 1-week training courses in France and Hungary.