September 26, 2023

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Course Description

The EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) requires all Member States to protect and improve water quality in all waters so that we achieve good ecological status by 2027.

This course will look at where Ireland is now in relation to meeting the target, the new legislation and what it means for you, including implications for under-performance and what can be done to meet these targets. You will also gain a legal overview of WFD provisions, Article 4 obligations, and will look at recent case law, as well as exploring potential future litigation implications.

This is an intensive 1-day course, delivered completely online and hosted by highly experienced trainers. All attendees will gain an opportunity to ask important questions and discuss key issues.

Course Content


Initial classification of Irish Rivers under the WFD and what that meant for industry and Irish Water discharging to rivers

How did the results turn out in terms of what happened to the rivers during the first period of 2009 to 2015?

What happened during the second period of 2018 to 2021?

What were the implications for industry and Irish Water?

What current and recent reports have been published which describe the current state of Irish rivers and lakes and what has to be done to meet WFD targets

New WFD legislation and what it means for the next 6 years (up to the 2027 target date for good status)


Legal Overview of the WFD provisions

Article 4 Environmental Obligations

The ‘Weser Case’ – the CJEU confirm that Article 4 obligations are mandatory and binding at individual project level;

The ‘Bradán Beo’ case – the application of Weser in Ireland for the first time

Looking to the future – transposition of the WFD in Ireland and potential future litigation

Who Should Attend?

This course should be hugely beneficial to engineers, local authorities, government agencies, semi state, planners, site accessors and environmental scientists. Also, would be very beneficial to plant operators, environmental and process specialists, facilities managers, maintenance and engineering contractors and those responsible for the operation and management water systems.  


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your Certificate of Attendance. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.


An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €485 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €585. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE.

The course cost includes all course documentation and certificates of attendance.

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