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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