17 April 2013 // Press release // The compromise on the review of the Priority Substances Directive negotiated by the Council under the Irish Presidency and the European Parliament led by MEP Richard Seeber has considerably weakened the initial proposal from the European Commission. EUREAU invites and supports the European Commission to continue its efforts aiming for a better protection of European water resources against pollution by hazardous substances. EUREAU is worried about the outcome...more
14-11-2012 // EUREAU welcomes the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources, published today by the European Commission and fully supports its objective to develop appropriate measures in order to tackle the main challenges in the field of water: health, resource efficiency and security of supply.The Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources, published today by the European Commission, is the necessary action plan to secure the availability of good-quality water for a sustainable...more
12-11-2012 // According to the “World Energy Outlook 2012” report, released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA), water consumption for power generation will experience a 85% rise by 2035 compared to 2010. This figure reflects a move towards more water-intensive power generation and expanding output of biofuels.In the context of a growing competition, its availability is growing in importance as a criterion for assessing the viability of energy projects. Water is essential to energy...more
04-09-12 // Brussels. European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, presented his views on the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP) as well as the first outcomes of the High Level Steering Group (HLSG) meeting.Janez Potočnik’s speech was followed by views expressed by HLSG members, industry stakeholders and the research community. The overall purpose of the EIP on Water is to find urgent and long-term solutions to enhance European community actions...more
26-08-12 // Brussels. EUREAU has co-organized the Malin Falkenmark Seminar, on August 26, 2012, during the Stockholm World Water Week. Professor Malin Falkenmark gave a thorough presentation of the inter-links between agricultural activities and water supply industries. The aim was to identify and address pressures from agriculture activities to water bodies and to present several good examples of solutions for these challenges. Read the report summary...more
16-05-12 // Brussels. EUREAU is happy to announce that on the occasion of the Green Week 2012, which this year’s theme is “Water”, our experts will be present in five sessions to voice our views and positions in relevant topics related to water:Day/timeSession nameEUREAU speaker Wednesday 23/5/2011, 09:30 11:002.2 Emerging pollutants – new challenges for science and societyDr. Frank Sacher, EU 1 WG Chemical Water QualityWednesday 23/5/2011, 09:30 11:004.2 Developing an EU integrated...more
22-03-12 // Brussels. On the occasion of the World Water Day for “Water and Food Security”, EUREAU, the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services, highlights a narrow relationship between agricultural activities on the one hand and the water sector on the other.For EUREAU and its 70.000 associated water suppliers, it is of a great concern the strong impact that agriculture activities can have on water quality and water quantity objectives. EUREAU...more
For immediate release: 31 January 2012Contact Person: Marta Gomez, +32 491 050 893Brussels, 31 January 2012 // Today, the European Commission (EC) has released a proposal to add 15 chemicals to the list of 33 pollutants that are monitored and controlled in EU surface waters. This will be achieved through a revision of the Directive on priority substances in the field of water quality. The Commission announces that the proposed substance are the result of a review analyzing the risks...more
Yesterday, 25 January 2012, the EP Water Group hold a meeting in the Tirol representation in Brussels on the Danish priorities for the water sector. Ms Ida Auken, Danish Minister of Environment, presented the main priorities the presidency will put forwards in the next six months in front of 115 participants.Ms Ida Auken stressed the need of tight cooperation with the different stakeholders and experts on water to make a difference in the environmental agenda of the EU. She pointed that the EU...more
18 January 2012, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Member of the European Parliament, has presented in Strasbourg the prioritiesof the Danish presidency.In a challenging moment for Europe, the six month "Danish Presidency will work tireless (...) to ensure than the EU continues to produce tangible, useful results", says Thorning-Schmidt. She claimed for an active cooperation from all stakeholders; Member States, European institutions and civil society, as well the need of a united...more
Monday 28th November MEP Dr Richard Seeber, president of the EP Water Group, hosted the November meeting on the priorities of the Polish Presidency in the water sector. Around 75 participants from European Commission, European and Social Committee and different NGOs and water associations attended the meeting where the keynote speaker was Mrs. Adriana Dembowska, Deputy Director in the National Water Management Authority.Mrs. Dembowska highlighted the importance of water as link actor in the...more
The 9th meeting of the EP Water Group was dedicated to the EU water policy integration into other European policies. EUREAU as management body of the EP Water Group was present in this edition with the participation of he Vice-President of the European Parliament Mr. Miguel Angel Martinez Martinez and the key note speaker was Mr. Staffan Nilsson, The President of the European Economic and Social Committee.The meeting was very well attended with around 100 participants from a wide range of...more
The first week of November EUREAU met at the International Water Week in Amsterdam to discuss about the BluePrint. Almost 100 experts from all over Europe came to Amsterdam RAI to discuss with the Mr. Peter Gammeltoft, from the European Commission (EC), about the vision of EUREAU on the BluePrint.EUREAU experts split in groups prepared the questions and points to rise to Mr. Gammeltoft who answered the questions thanking EUREAU for this initiative as the European Commission needs always the...more
On 21 August 2011, the first day of the World Water Week in Stockholm, EUREAU, the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services, together with the Swedish Water & Waste Water l Association, SIWI and UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme, have organised for the second time the Malin Falkenmark Seminar on “Towards resource-effective water and nutrient reuse in the urban environment’.During the seminar, it was highlighted that in the future, looking to...more
Seminar at the European Parliament in Brussels, September 6thfrom 11.00 am until about 5 p.mIn order to cope with the increasing scarcity of raw materials and energy sources Europe has been making the correct choices with regards to resource efficiency and innovation. The water sector not only supports these choices, but is also able to contribute substantially. The use of hydropower is well known, however the possibilities to create energy from water are much more extensive. Heat or coldness...more
Brussels, 13 April 2011Mid-March, the Commission has closed the consultation period on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). EUREAU, the European Federation of Water utilities, highlights the fact that the situation for the drinking water and wastewater utilities in regard to the ADR topic has been studied with care.Nowadays, consumer’s confidence in the market has a key role in the whole economy and finances. Consequently, consumers should have an active participation on the functioning of...more
For immediate release: 22 March 2011Contact Person: Marta Gomez, +32 491 050 893On the occasion of the World Water Day “Water for Cities – Responding to the Urban Challenge”, EUREAU, the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services, underlines the importance of re-using water and finding other alternative water sources in urban areas.For EUREAU and its 70.000 associated water suppliers, it is of great concern to find sustainable solutions for water...more
Last week, EUREAU held for the first time a European conference under the Belgian Presidency and with the help of Belgaqua, on “Climate Change and Water: a common challenge” in Brussels.
More than 200 experts of the water sector came to listen to the presentations of the Commission, European Parliament and other NGOs on the matters that affect Climate Change related to water. It was the first time as well, that the three EUREAU commission had the opportunity to meet altogether.
European Conference for Water experts, 14th October 2010EUREAU holds under the Belgian Presidency and with the help of Belgaqua, a European Conference on “Climate Change and Water: a common challenge” on 14 October 2010 in Brussels. More than 200 participants have confirmed their presence; experts in the water sector as well as Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Trio Presidency will take part on this conference.Climate Change is already affecting the water...more
IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition
Examples of River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) will be presented focusing on the good governance in terms of water management, economic issues and the implication of the stakeholders. These examples will be compared to relevant examples of similar approaches outside Europe in a panel who will discuss the lessons learned by the EU/RBMP approach. Session 2 will focus on member state or continent scale solutions targeted the economic issues,...more
The Malin Falkenmark Seminar: Emerging pollutants in water resources – A new challenge to water quality
On 5 September 2010, UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services (EUREAU), and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) will co-organise the “Malin Falkenmark Seminar: Emerging Pollutants in Water Resources - A New Challenge to Water Quality” at the World...more
Sunday, 05 September 2010 – 14:00-17:30 / Room K21
• UNESCO International Hydrological Programme
• EUREAU European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services
• Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
The seminar aims at deepening the understanding on the occurrence, fate and accumulation of emerging pollutants in water resources, with a...more
Desertification is a worldwide problem with many and complex causes. On the World Day to Combat Desertification "Enhancing soils anywhere enhances life everywhere", EUREAU, the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services, wants to join with others to call for action to combat desertification and to promote the reuse of water as a solution to water scarcity.
EUREAU and its Members support water recycling and reuse to combat water scarcity and...more
On the occasion of the World Environment Day (WED) “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.”, EUREAU, the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services, underlines the increasing endeavors the water and wastewater utilities are making all over the European Union to improve the quality of the wastewater discharges.
Furthermore, huge efforts on investments in the collection and treatment of rainfall are needed. The better performance of the...more
European Water suppliers welcome the efforts the Commission and countries are making to highlight and address the challenges of water scarcity and drought. EUREAU is confident that its members have already taken action and are implementing initiatives to address the issue of water scarcity to develop concrete long term solutions.
Over the past 10 years, its members have invested billions of Euros to improve both the quality and reliability of drinking water supplies across Europe. However we...more