The paper addresses issues specific to planning of water protection measures in transboundary water basins located on the external European Union border. The case study of the Lake Peipsi/Chudskoe, a large transboundary lake shared by Estonia and Russia, is used to demonstrate issues of management of transboundary waters on the Eastern European fringe. The author emphasizes the importance of managing transboundary water basins located on the EU external borders interactively, i.e., through regular communication and consultation among water experts, decision-makers and stakeholders involved in managing waters on transboundary, national and subbasin levels, and discusses difficulties in, and opportunities for, the interactive management of transboundary waters on the EU external borders.

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