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EU water policy: the issues at stakes for water operators
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
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
EWA structureNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 3
The policy webNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 4
EU water legislationNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 5
The WFD approachMarch 9, 2010 Water Stakes at EU Level 6
The WFD tool boxNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 7
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgNovember 22, 2011 Water Stakes at EU Level 12