The EU has announced plans for reinforced international cooperation to clean up the river Danube and the Black Sea. The initiative should see countries of the region voluntarily implement the EU's new water framework directive even though several are not yet even candidates to join the bloc. Ministers will meet in Brussels on 26 November to formalise the agreement.
In a policy paper released this week, the European Commission said the Danube-Black Sea region was facing acute environmental problems. Key among these are nitrate and phosphorus eutrophication and pollution by hazardous substances. Last year's toxic waste spill in Romania emphasised the dire state of the water system (EED 10/02/00).
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