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26 January 2020
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The 36th Meeting of the Groundwater Working Group, jointly organised by the Ministry of Waters and Forests and the European Commission in Bucharest

On April 2-3, 2019, under the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Waters and Forests and the European Commission jointly organised the 36th Meeting of the Groundwater Working Group, held at the Palace of the Parliament (Spiru Haret Hall).

The meeting of the Groundwater Working Group was circumscribed to the Common Implementation Strategy for the Framework Water Directive (CIS WFD), which was agreed by the Member States together with Norway and the European Commission with the purpose to ensure a consistent and harmonised implementation of the said directive.

In the two days, the gathering comprising 85 experts across the Member States took stock of the consequences that the review of the Drinking Water Directive entailed on groundwater management. The experts also analysed the options for selecting the chemicals to be included in the Watch List for pollutants of groundwater, and discussed the technical reports on groundwater threshold values, as well as the trends in groundwater pollutant concentrations. The working group took the opportunity to look at the main developments in this area, as well as at the outcomes of the evaluation included in the groundwater section of the River Basin Management Plans submitted by the Member States. The working group also took stock of the progresses made in a series of EU-funded groundwater projects, which were presented by their project managers.

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