Access to the WFD CIRCA Interest Group
(Status: 21 January 2002)
The following text describes the modified conditions and the procedure for accessing the WFD CIRCA Interest Group "Implementing the Water Framework Directive" further to the agreement of the Strategic Co-ordination Group on 27 November 2001.
In case of any questions, please contact the WFD CIRCA Help Desk under:
Who can have access to WFD CIRCA?
The WFD CIRCA Interest Group "Implementing the Water Framework Directive" is the main tool for exchanging information under the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive. Initially, it was set up to facilitate the work of the different groups under the strategy. However, due to the increasing interest in the work, it was decided to open the WFD CIRCA. As a result, the following three levels of access have been created:
1) Access for the public
Anybody with an internet connection can access the public part of WFD CIRCA, the "Water Framework Directive library". It includes the relevant legal texts in all Community languages and other publicly available documents such as the text of the Common Implementation Strategy and final guidance documents which are currently being prepared under the strategy work programme. You can access this public part via the WFD implementation homepage of DG Environment.
2) Access for registered users - "observer status"
Anybody with a more specific interest in the implementation process of the Water Framework Directive can apply for an extended access to WFD CIRCA Interest Group. First, the applicant must "self register" on the CIRCA system (see below in the second part). Second, the registered user must apply for specific access to the WFD CIRCA Interest Group (see also below). Finally, the WFD CIRCA leaders in DG Environment B.1 of the Commission decide on the acceptance of the application based on the following criteria:
The "observer status" enables access to the following services in WFD CIRCA: "information", "library" (excluding section "C-water directors" and "D-strategic coordination group"), meetings and newsgroups.
3) Access for active members in the WFD Implementation Strategy – "member status"
Anybody, who is member of any of the numerous groups under the Common Implementation Strategy can apply for full access to WFD CIRCA site. First, the applicant must "self register" on the CIRCA system (see below in the second part). Second, the registered user must apply for specific access to the WFD CIRCA Interest Group (see also below). Finally, the WFD CIRCA leaders in DG Environment B.1 of the Commission decide on the acceptance of the application based on the following criteria:
How to get the new membership of the WFD CIRCA Interest Group
In order to facilitate to administration of access to the WFD CIRCA Interest Group: "Implementing the Water Framework Directive", the "Self Registration" procedure of CIRCA will be used from now on.
Before requesting a new membership of the WFD CIRCA Interest Group, the new user should proceed with the following steps:
1) Go to the following Internet address: http://forum.europa.eu.int/
2) Select: "Environment DG".
3) Click on "Self Register".
4) Enter the respective personal data (i.e. at least, "Name", "Surname", "Email", "Mail address", "Password" and "Telephone") into the form and click on "Save"
You will get a confirmation whether your form was submitted successfully. If this is the case, the CIRCA system will send to the user an automatic email with his/her username and a transaction number. This transaction number is a new feature under CIRCA version 3.0. Without a transaction number, you will not be able to log on. Please remember, you have chosen your personal password earlier, please do not forget/loose it as you will need it in the next step.
Please note: If you are already registered to the any other CIRCA Interest Group, no "self-registration" is required. Please use your personal "username" and "password" and log on to the CIRCA site of DG Environment (cf. step 1 and 2 above). Then proceed as set out below.
After a successful login process, you will see your name on the top of the page. On the page, there should be a list of CIRCA Interest Groups including "Implementing the Water Framework Directive" with the following header:
You may apply for membership to the following Groups:
In order to get access to the specific WFD CIRCA site, you have two options:
a) Click on the icon next to the title. A window opens which you will have to fill in;
b) Send an email to the WFD CIRCA Help Desk (email@example.com) after your "self registration" in order to apply for membership.
You will receive a confirmation that you have access to WFD CIRCA which might take up to one week.