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EU water policy: the issues at stakes for water operators

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This short presentation was made on behalf of EWA on November 22, 2011 in Brussels. It focuses on ongoing developments within the preparation of the 2012 EU blueprint

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EU water policy: the issues at stakes for water operators

  1. 1. Informal meeting with Patong Municipality in Phuket, Brussels, 22 November 2010 EU WATER POLICY:The issues at stakes for water operators Frédéric de Hemptinne Head of External Affairs EWA Brussels office www.ewa-online.eu
  2. 2. Introduction to EWAPan-European association of water professionals• Founded on 22 June 1981• Members: 25 national associations + 15 corporates• People: utilities, engineers, academics, regulators• Activities: - Knowledge production: EU Committee, expert groups - Knowledge dissemination: Conferences, publications - Networking: International / EU / EC institutions• EU funded (LIFE+ NGO operational grant)November 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 2
  3. 3. EWA structureNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 3
  4. 4. The policy webNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 4
  5. 5. EU water legislationNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 5
  6. 6. The WFD approachMarch 9, 2010 Water Stakes at EU Level 6
  7. 7. The WFD tool boxNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 7
  8. 8. Key issues linked to WFD• River morphology / heavily modified water bodies• Chemicals / emerging pollutants• Diffuse sources of pollution (including storm water)• Climate change adaptation (and mitigation)• Liaison with other environmental sectors (Marine, IPPC, agriculture, biodiversity, waste, REACH, e co-design)• Administration / data management / WISE (more)• Water economics: services and uses (agriculture, etc.)• Interfacing the science and policy• Budget for investment / EU fundingMarch 9, 2010 Water Stakes at EU Level 8
  9. 9. Next steps• The EU Blueprint in 2012 - 1st implementation report on the RBMP - Climate Change adaptation policy review - Water Scarcity and Droughts strategy review• 2015: Second WFD cycle+ 1st FD & MSD cycle• Priority substances (list, EQS, emission limits)• Revision of the Drinking Water Directive• Numerous infringement procedures ongoingNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 9
  10. 10. Points for future discussions (1)• Water services - Becoming smart (metering, building efficiency, energy) - Full pricing (investment, operations, resources) - Performance check / benchmarking - “sustainable city” - Critical scale / small utilities• Water management - Making the plans operational - Integration with other policies (agriculture, biodiversity) - Adaptation to climate change and other risks - Data processing / indicatorsMarch 9, 2010 Water Stakes at EU Level 10
  11. 11. Points for future discussion (2)• EU Funding (next financial perspective) - Regional policy /investment in water infrastructure - Common Agricultural Policy - Transport (inland navigation) - Research & Innovation• Communication / partnership - A wide diversity of interests and situations - The water sector is poorly understood - The water community is rather isolatedMarch 9, 2010 Water Stakes at EU Level 11
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention Frederic de Hemptinne Head of External Relations European Water Association 4 rue de la Presse, B-1000 Brussels Phone +32-2-227 11 34 Fax +32-2-218 31 41 GSM +32-473-958 773 fdh@ewa-online.euNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 12

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