the break-up of former Yugoslavia, the resources of the Sava River
(the country's largest river) were regulated by national regulations,
plans and programmes. An appropriate institutional framework for implementing
policy in the water areas of the Sava River Basin had been established
before the country broke apart.
dissolution of the country into independent states turned the Sava
into an international river. Its exploitation, protection and control
must now be regulated differently, with consideration given to new,
international frameworks. In particular, national institutions must
cooperate across borders to assure that the water resources of the
entire basin are managed according to modern, sustainable principles.
The Sava River Basin received increased focus after
the adoption of the EU Water Framework Directive in 2000. The basin
became the subject of a pilot project for the implementation of
the directive, reinforcing its great importance for all of Europe.
June 27, 2005 – The
day of constitution of the
International Commission of the Sava River Basin