No new laws needed to tackle drought - ministers

Environment council says EU water framework directive should be used to deal with water scarcity

No new legislation is needed to tackle the problem of water scarcity and drought, EU environment ministers agreed at their council meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday. In a resolution responding to a European commission policy paper the council said the EU's existing water framework directive should be the tool for addressing the issues.

An informal ministerial meeting in Lisbon last month revealed a north-south split among member states over the need for new laws on water scarcity (EED 03/09/07). But member states have now agreed to develop water and drought management measures under the framework directive. The European commission should review this approach in 2012, they said.

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