EU and regional legislation in management of freshwaters

Course objective: bioassessment procedures are defined in detail through several pieces of overarching legislations. For all the basic, and practical courses within this program to be applicable – understanding and complying with EU legislation and procedures is paramount. Through this course we will exercise and train students to apply their acquired knowledge to and through the available legal frames.

Course outcome: students will be aware of all EU legislation needed in bioassessment procedures as well as with the subsequent intercalibration procedures and further steps in harmonization with the already implemented processes in the EU.


Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the Community action in the field of water policy;

Directive 91/271/EEC on Urban Waste Water Treatment; Council Directive 91/676/EEC of 12 December 1991 concerning the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources;

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