The European Union’s Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) has led national governments, local authorities and industry to invest large amounts of money in controlling water pollution. Today, 15 Member States of the EU have collecting systems in place for 95% of the pollution and secondary treatment for 87%.
However, some areas still lack waste water treatment facilities. In the 12 ‘new’ Member States, which start from a lower compliance base, EUR 35 billion will be needed to achieve full implementation of the Directive. The EIB will complement the grants available from the European Commission by co-financing networks and treatment facilities in the new Member States.