"Saving Europe's Water - Its place in the EU's green strategy" European Policy Summit: extracts from the speech by Stavros Dimas
End production: 05/11/2008 First transmission: 05/11/2008
"Saving Europe's Water - Its place in the EU's green strategy" European Policy Summit was co-organised by Friends of Europe and the European Water Partnership (EWP). The event was held on 5 November 2008 at the Solvay library in Brussels and included the participation of Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment.
Climate change is intensifying the hydrological cycle. Risks from flood, drought, coastal inundation and melting of glaciers are growing. In 2006, the first European Policy Summit on Water organised by Friends of Europe and the EWP provided a Europe-wide platform to debate the EU's water policies. In 2008, the third annual summit was dedicated to the European Regional Process for the fifth World Water Forum, bringing together international institutions, national and local governments, industries, NGOs and other stakeholders from the water sector in Europe and beyond to discuss three crucial issues for Europe: climate change and adaptation; finance and water scarcity and droughts.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Solvay library
||General view of the conference room
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, (in ENGLISH) saying that without urgent action, entire regions including in the European Union could be at risk of desertification; the European Commission has taken a number of steps to face up to the challenge of addressing water scarcity; the water framework directive, the flagship of European Union water legislation, lays down the foundation for an ambitious water policy, to ensure ample supplies of quality water throughout Europe
||Stavros Dimas (in ENGLISH) saying that the availability of water resources directly affects the functioning of European industry; it insures the continuous access to significant water supplies; he is personally convinced that all sectors of industry can do substantially more to improve the efficiency of water use; he hopes that business will raise to this challenge and take the opportunity not just to reduce costs by reducing water usage, but also to develop the innovative solutions which will be needed across the globe to mitigate and adapt to the risk of water scarcity and drought
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