Green group criticises "weak" water policies
Environmental group WWF has concluded from a survey of water policies in 23 European countries that far too little is being done to tackle pollution and over-consumption. Steps to implement the EU's 2000 water framework directive have been hesitant in most cases, with several current EU countries looking likely to miss the 22 December 2003 deadline for full transposition into national law. An official assessment of the directive's implementation progress is expected from the European Commission in early 2004. See press release, a summary and the report.