A Bird’s Eye View of the Greek Water Situation: The Potential for the Implementation of the EU WFD

  • P. KoundouriEmail author
  • N. Papandreou
  • K. Remoundou
  • Y. Kountouris
Part of the Global Issues in Water Policy book series (GLOB, volume 7)


The Water Framework Directive (WFD) was formulated for addressing the weaknesses of the previous water-related directives. The main steps that WFD involves could be summarized in the setting of ecological standards, the identification of anthropogenic pressures and the adoption of corrective measures. This introductory chapter describes the water situation in Greece and assesses the potential of the timely implementation of the European Union’s (EU) WFD. In this context, the significance of Asopos River Basin (RB) is put into perspective. More analytically, the chapter presents: (a) the employed methodology that enables rapid assessment of the status quo of the water situation in each Greek catchment, as compared to the requirements and targets of the EU WFD, (b) the implementation of this methodology on each of the 14 Greek River Basin Districts (RBDs) and (c) relevant empirical results. The main objective of the chapter is to present the rapid-appraisal methodology that was developed for the estimation of the cost-recovery level for water services in the 14 Greek RBDs. Results from this ‘quick appraisal’ clearly highlight the need for reforms in the current pricing policy and preparation of a package of measures, as proposed in Chaps.  9 and  10, in order for the water bodies to reach good ecological status and the water management to ensure full recovery of the cost of water services as required under article 11 of the WFD.


EU WFD Asopos River Basin Water quality Cost recovery Water pricing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Koundouri
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Papandreou
    • 2
  • K. Remoundou
    • 3
  • Y. Kountouris
    • 4
  1. 1.Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece
  2. 2.Andreas G. Papandreou FoundationAthensGreece
  3. 3.Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK
  4. 4.Imperial College LondonLondonUK

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