As a consequence of the great floods of the Rhine in 1993 and 1995, the ICPR adopted the
“Action Plan on Floods” (not available in English)
for the Rhine on the occasion of the 12th conference of Rhine Ministers on 22 January 1998 in Rotterdam. It aimed at better protecting people and goods against floods, preparing for floods and expanding and upgrading the Rhine floodplains by 2020.
Few years after its adoption, the "Action Plan on Floods" with its objectives was integrated into the holistically oriented programme "Rhine 2020".
An interim balance was drawn up in 2005 and 2010:
Interim balance (2005) (not available in English)
Interim balance (2010)
The final balance is published on the page "Rhine 2020" and shows numerous successes in the implementation of the objectives formulated in 1998. Objectives which have not yet been fully achieved have been included in the programme "Rhine 2040" as well as in the flood risk management plans according to the EU Floods Directive, which are the successors of the "Action Plan on Floods".