Weakening the EU water law: Industry's wish list
Only 40 percent of EU rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands are healthy today, largely due to pressures from industrial agriculture and hydropower, as well as other sectors, such as mining.
Some industries are coming together under the umbrella of European and national associations to lobby for substantial changes to this legislation, the backbone of which is the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). This paper shows that, if ever put into effect, the changes would give these sectors the green light to undertake even more destructive activities, potentially causing havoc on our rivers and lakes. But, far from obliging these sectors to clean up their act, some Member States have compiled a strikingly similar wish list, raising serious questions as to where their true interests lie.