EurEau is the voice of Europe’s drinking water and waste water service operators. Our members provide water services to more than 400 million people and reflect the diverse private and public water service industry across Europe. We bring together national associations, representing water supply and waste water services in 29 EU and EFTA countries. EU accession countries have an observer status.
- 26 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK;
- 2 EFTA countries: Norway and Switzerland; and
- 1 observer member (Serbia).
EurEau promotes the common interests of our members within the EU institutions and keep our members informed of relevant developments in the European arena.
- promote the common interests of the European water service sector to the EU institutions and stakeholders
- enable our members to adequately deal with opportunities and threats arising from EU policies and their national implementation, and
- support members’ networking activities.
Each member country is entitled to one seat in the general assembly (GA), the governing body of EurEau. Decisions are proposed and executed by the executive committee (ExCom). The EurEau presidency is assumed for a mandate of two years, with the possibility to renew this once.
Three standing committees (on drinking water, waste water and on economics and legal affairs) work on our policy positions and report to the ExCom. The committees are made up by practitioners from drinking water and waste water companies and national associations. They provide forums for sharing and exchanging experiences and views on the implementation of existing directives as well as policies relating to new directives, framework and strategies. We also have several working groups within the committees and cross-committee joint working groups to look at certain topic more in depth. The work of our committees and working groups help advise the major European institutions, member state governments, and regulators. You can see an overview of the structure here.
The general secretariat is based in Brussels.
1. Proactive engagement with other actors
We work actively with our stakeholders.
Understanding stakeholders and partners concerns on the water sector is the basis to building coalitions on the different areas of our work. We cooperate with other water associations as well as with actors from other sectors to impact on the debate at European level.
2. Engage in promoting a better understanding of the water sector
Consumers and policy decision makers should be well informed about the water sector. We work with our members and their members to ensure that customers and policy makers have a good understanding of water issues. These measures include publications with facts and figures on the water sector, awareness raising campaigns and educational programmes targeting schools to promote the quality of tap water and the control at source measures for better waste water treatment efficiency.
At the EU level, EurEau works as a platform to exchange best practices in order to help our members to improve their activities.
3. Focus and good governance
In order to achieve the goals set, EurEau maintains good governance.