France finally adopts water law

Parliamentary conciliation committee reaches agreement on final text after eight-year debate

France has finally adopted a major water law after eight years of debate. It is aimed at improving water management and introduces measures to achieve "good surface water status" by 2015 as required by the 2000 EU water framework directive. Final agreement was reached by representatives of both houses of parliament on Wednesday. The law also introduces measures such as tax credits for rainwater collection systems and allows local government to levy a tax to improve water quality. See final text and environment ministry press release.

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