According to Article 5(2) of the Water Framework Directive the analysis of the characteristics of the river basin has to be updated 13 years after the date of entry into force. For the Elbe River Basin Community the 10 federal states have carried out this analysis. For this reason only digital data were provided to the European Commission. The results of this analysis will be considered in the updated management plan.
According to Article 15(3) of the Water Framework Directive an interim report which describes the progress in the implementation of the planned Programme of measures is to be provided within three years of the publication of the management plan. A brochure (only in German) has been drawn up to inform the public.