The European Water Framework Directive sets clear deadlines for the steps of implementation:

2000 until 2009 - First implementation steps
Deadline Topics

WFD Art.

Status
12/2000 Entry into force 25
12/2003 Adoption into national legislation 24
06 or 12/2004 Designation of the competent authorities/Analysis of the characteristics of the river basin 3(8) / 5
12/2006 Publication of monitoring programs 8
12/2006 - 06/2007 Public participation in the timetable and work program 14(1a)
12/2007 - 06/2008 Public participation in the significant water management issues 14(1b)
12/2008 - 06/2009 Public participation in the draft of the river management plan/program of measures 14(1c)
12/2009 Publication of the river management plan/program of measures 13(6) / 11(7)
2009 until 2015 - 1st management period
Deadline Topics WFD Art. Status
12/2012 Implementation of measures (interim report on the program of measures' implementation) 11(7)
12/2012 - 06/2013 Public participation in the timetable and work program 14(1a)
12/2013 Review and update of the analysis of the characteristics of the river basin 5(2)
12/2013 - 06/2014 Public participation in the significant water management issues 14(1b)
12/20014 - 06/2015 Public participation in the draft of the updated river management plan/program of measure 14(1c)
12/2015 Publication of the updated river management plan/program of measures 13(7) / 11(8)
2015 until 2021 - 2nd management period
Deadline Topics WFD Art. Status
12/2018 Implementation of measures (interim report on the updated program of measures' implementation) 11(7)  
12/2018 Additional monitoring program and temporary measure program for pollutants with changed environmental quality standards and new priority substances pursuant to Directive 2013/39/EU    
12/2018 - 06/2019 Public participation in the timetable and work program 14(1a)  
12/2019  Review and 2nd update of the analysis of the characteristics of the river basin  5(2)   
12/2019 - 06/2020 Public participation in the significant water management issues 14(1b)  
12/2020 - 06/2021 Public participation in the draft of the 2nd updated river management plan/program of measures 14(1c)  
12/2021 Publication of the 2nd updated river management plan/program of measures 13(7) / 11(8)  
2021 until 2027 - 3rd management period
Deadline Topics WFD Art. Status
12/2024 Implementation of measures (interim report on the 2nd updated program of measures' implementation) 11(7)  
12/2025 Review and 3rd update of the analysis of the characteristics of the river basin 5(2)