A New Comparative Framework in Line with WFD Article 9
3 Methodology for a comparative assessment of cost-recovery in line with WFD Article 9 157
157 3 Methodology for a comparative assessment of cost- recovery in line with WFD Article 9 “The adoption of common definitions for key cost variables would facilitate the comparison between costs and prices […] for different water services, uses and countries.” European Commission (2000a) This chapter first recapitulates the analytical prerequisites for developing the assessment framework, by describing the ‘ideal path’ to cost-recovery in line with WFD Article 9. Next to a cost accounting system, which delivers definitions and accounting guidelines in line with Article 9 on each cost component to be considered in the assessment, the chapter provides a complementary revenue accounting framework. Furthermore, a pragmatic procedure for an area-wide integration of environmental and resource costs in the assessment of cost- recovery is presented. The chapter also addresses the question which frame- work conditions are decisive for a comparative assessment of cost-recovery in different EU Member States and through which indicators they can be effective- ly measured. Next, it proposes an assessment scheme for justifying exemptions from achieving cost-recovery in line with Article 9 and provides guidelines for analysing the implementation of the Article’s additional objectives. The chapter concludes with an overall plan of procedure. 3.1 Analytical prerequisites: the ideal path to cost-recovery according to WFD Article 9 As the discussion of possible interpretations of the cost-recovery concept along with the analysis of Article 9 objectives revealed, the WFD promotes a strong internal approach to cost-recovery (cf. Section 188.8.131.52). This is documented by the role designated to the polluter-pays principle...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.