In light of the past inter-institutional negotiations, CEEP has continued its efforts in promoting the messages of providers of public services and services of general interest (SGIs) on the recast of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD).

The Trilogue negotiations bring around the table the two EU co-legislators – EU Parliament and EU Council – as well as the European Commission, with negotiations progressing rather slowly so far.  The current state of play is that no agreement on any of the main topics of discussion (access to water, EDCs and microplastics, water leakage, information to consumers, materials in contact with drinking water) has been reached yet. On 27 November, COREPER I (Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union) discussed the item, ahead of the next Trilogue meeting on 3 December.

CEEP’s paper on the Trilogue recommendations on the Drinking Water Directive (DWD) summarises our position and identifies the main priorities and challenges yet to address. Both the European Parliament’s first reading position and the Council’s General Approach provide significant improvements that we support. We especially welcome the fact that the Parliament and Council substantially agree on a number of key points:

  • Strengthening the link with the Water Framework Directive – Art. 7-8
  • Introducing a risk-based approach with an appropriate division of responsibilities – Art. 7-10
  • The need for harmonised minimum hygiene requirements for materials and treatment chemicals in contact with water intended for human consumption – Art. 10a and 10b
  • Maintaining indicator parameters – Annex I
  • Maintaining the risk-based monitoring frequencies of the current Directive that were revised in 2015 – Annexe II
  • Maintaining the possibility for derogations – Art. 12a

CEEP’s overall stand favours the Council’s position, which presents more comprehensive proposals on three main topics of institutional trilogue discussion, with regard to the scope and focus of the Directive (Article 1, Article 14), the harmonised EU minimum hygiene requirements (Article 10 a, b) and the access to water (Article 13).

Should you require further information or would like to send your contributions, please contact Policy Officer Henriette Gleau (

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