By Paul Homewood
The European Water Framework Directive 2000 has been the source of much controversy, regarding its impact on river dredging. It was notable as being one of the first ones to be created through the co-decision process, in which the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have joint influence over the final text.
However, as the above paper reveals, it also marked a step change in the way that environmental lobby groups were allowed to influence policy.
The introduction sets the scene:
The paper goes on to reveal that:
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