In January 2001, the ministers in charge of the Rhine adopted “Rhine 2020“, the “Programme on the Sustainable Development of the Rhine” following the most successful “Rhine Action Programme” (1987-2000). It determines the general objectives of Rhine protection policy and the measures required for their implementation for the next 20 years, including surface requirements and deadlines. Intermediate objectives have been defined with a view to success control. The Balance on the Implementation of the Measures of the Programme "Rhine 2020" until 2005 shows first success but also that further efforts are required, e.g. when enhancing the variety of river banks.
Core parts of the programme „Rhine 2020“ are
„Rhine 2020“ supports the implementation of the EC-Water Framework Directive and will contribute to achieving a “good chemical and ecological state” in the Rhine watershed. The programme also enhances the implementation of the EC-Flood Management Directive.