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Open Access Strengths and Weaknesses of the Dutch Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

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Strengths and Weaknesses of the Dutch Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

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The Netherlands has a long and fascinating history of water management. The main features of the Dutch water governance system for the implementation of the WFD are its regional water authorities based on hydrological scales and powers to regulate, decide and raise taxes for their water tasks. Their functional approach and the decentralised character make the regional water authorities very efficient and effective. It is therefore understandable that EU institutions and other Member States consider the Dutch system an interesting potential source of inspiration for other jurisdictions. Yet, it is not all gold what shines. This paper highlights the strength and weakness elements of the Dutch water governance system under the WFD. It exposes several points of concern. When considering using the Dutch experience as a source of inspiration in other Member States, these concerns should be taken in due account.

Affiliations: 1: University of Groningen, the Netherlands, l.squintani@rug.nl ; 2: Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, e.j.h.plambeck@uu.nl ; 3: Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University, the Netherlands h.vanrijswick@uu.nl

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The Netherlands has a long and fascinating history of water management. The main features of the Dutch water governance system for the implementation of the WFD are its regional water authorities based on hydrological scales and powers to regulate, decide and raise taxes for their water tasks. Their functional approach and the decentralised character make the regional water authorities very efficient and effective. It is therefore understandable that EU institutions and other Member States consider the Dutch system an interesting potential source of inspiration for other jurisdictions. Yet, it is not all gold what shines. This paper highlights the strength and weakness elements of the Dutch water governance system under the WFD. It exposes several points of concern. When considering using the Dutch experience as a source of inspiration in other Member States, these concerns should be taken in due account.

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2018-06-18

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