Legislative instrument details: Floods Directive

Legal name Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks
Short name Floods Directive
CELEX reference 32007L0060
Identification number 2007/60/EC
Issued by European Parliament and Council
URL to issuer http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/fl...
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 26/11/2007
Abstract The purpose of this Directive is to establish a framework for the assessment and management of flood risks, aiming at the reduction of the adverse consequences for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity associated with floods in the Community.

The Directive covers all types of floods, including fluvial, pluvial, coastal and groundwater floods as well as floods from artificial water-bearing infrastructure and may exclude floods from sewerage systems.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
DG Env review of reporting theme Water
Geographic scope European Union
Comments The deadline for transposition of this Directive in Member States was 25/11/2009.

Member States shall take appropriate steps to coordinate the application of this Directive and that of Directive 2000/60/EC focusing on opportunities for improving efficiency, information exchange and for achieving common synergies and benefits having regard to the environmental objectives laid down in Article 4 of Directive 2000/60/EC.
There are operational links between the directives regarding implementation cycle, competent authorities (river basin districts), characterisation of river basin districts (flood maps), public participation, and programme of measures. See for the Water Framework Directive (http://rod.eionet.europa.eu/instruments/516).