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Transboundary river basin management in Europe
Legal instruments to comply with European water management obligations in case of transboundary water pollution and floods

Authors:

Andrea M. Keessen,

Jasper J.H. van Kempen,

Helena F.M.W. van Rijswick

Abstract

Although modern European water policy follows a river basin approach where Member States have to cooperate in order to achieve a ‘good status’ of their water bodies, the obligations arising from the European water directives are to be achieved by each Member State individually. This situation creates problems when water pollution and water quantity problems cross borders. It is still unclear whether Member States can be held responsible for not achieving objectives due to causes (partly) originating abroad. This article describes some of the legal instruments that water authorities have at their disposal to comply with the European water management obligations in case of transboundary water pollution and floods and thus shape transboundary river management. The article describes instruments to create, implement and enforce transboundary cooperation, and addresses the possibility of transboundary compensation if cooperation fails. Here, the focus is on a civil lawsuit before a domestic court.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ulr.83
How to Cite: Keessen, A.M., van Kempen, J.J.H. & van Rijswick, H.F.M.W., (2008). Transboundary river basin management in Europe
Legal instruments to comply with European water management obligations in case of transboundary water pollution and floods. Utrecht Law Review. 4(3), pp.35–56. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ulr.83
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Published on 09 Dec 2008.
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