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The EU enlargement poses a major political, economic and ecological challenge for the old and the new Member States and for the Candidate Countries. Within the discussion on the EU enlargement, agricultural policy plays a major role. The process of the EU enlargement requires the adoption of the European sectoral policies, including the Common Agricultural Policy and also the adoption and implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The implementation of the WFD requires the use of the supporting tools within the CAP with regard to the specific CEECs dimensions.

Because of all these reasons, the GWP-Hungary was looking for organizations sharing the above objectives and found very soon interested parties, like the Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development, Ministry for Environment and Water, WWF-Hungary, ICID Hungarian National Committee, the Department of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering of the Budapest University and Economics and the National Union of Water Management Associations and the Hungarian Hydrological Society.

This process was selected for case-study, because it was a real-time social learning process, treating with the most actual question in the Hungarian water management, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive. The Hungarian task required by the EU was the assessment of the status of the water bodies and the impacts of the human activities. This was why the most important challenge was to prepare the stakeholders - in this case the staff of the WMAs for the liable cooperation, to raise interests related to the implementation of the WFD and to collect the information about the areas, to be able to prepare the reports to the EU.

For observing the Hungarian HarmoniCOP team used the social learning techniques, raising the capacity to build the common understanding, with plenary informational sessions and small-group negotiations. In this concept emphasis was laid to the importance of the informal channels, leaving enough time for the coffee- and lunch-breaks, and forming the small group negotiations as informal, as it was possible.

The typology of the case-study is HT1 (historical review) and RT2 (real time - observing and counselling).

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