EU Water Management
is definded as the application and implementation of water-related acts (decisions, directives, regulations, policies, ...) of the European Union. The European environmental policy requires a subset of those acts to be transferred into national law.
The most important of these legal acts is the Directive (2000/60/EC) of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy - the Water Framework Directive.
The European Commission (EC) saw an urgent need to establish a legal framework for a comprehensive, joint water policy and the development of fundamental principles and structures for the protection and sustainable use of water in the community. In accordance with the subsidiarity principle, the Water Framework Directive as the most important integral legal act concerning water management was adopted in late 2000.
EU-Water is not only national implementation of various instruments, but also the obligation of member states to inform the European Commission at periodic intervals about the success of the guidelines for the protection of the water in the form of "reporting requirements" to inform regularly. These are to be carried out under the auspices of the "Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism" (BMNT).