Europe has a wide range of languages, religions, eternal history of war, constant changes in national boundaries and a host of idiosyncrasies hardly conducive to unification. However, the successful growth of the European Union from its original membership to its actual 25 members, demonstrates a trend towards economic unification of Europe. In the first part of this research the historical context in which European integration developed and how it has evolved and is currently being managed is explored. In addition, it delves into the legal and institutional enlargement structure used to integrate countries into the European Union. This research discusses viable international legal structures in the management, distribution and treatment of one of the most vital, if not the most vital, element for the sustenance of humankind - water. In so doing there will be a brief overview of the present realities of European integration, the political and legal aspects involved in the water sector and two cases in which a viable solution was reached and which are the basis of this research.
|Date of Award||2005|
|Supervisor||Patricia Wouters (Supervisor)|
- Water quality management
- European Union (EU)
- Sustainable development
- Water Framework Directive (WFD)
- Private Sector Participation (PSP)