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Water policy in the European Union

News Archive

  • A Starter's Guide: Overview of the main provisions of the Water Framework Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Birds and Habitats Directives, and the Floods Directive: similarities and differences.  Read more
  • European Innovation Partnership on Water
    The European Innovation Partnership on Water informs about the latest on water innovation in the European Union, with this month’s headlines: Water Circle Action Group wins Innovation Deal, the Innovation Hub report launched as well as a Statement of High Level Panel on Water. Happy innovating. More information and the full newsletter are available at http://eepurl.com/ctbIPj  and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @eip_water.
  • 28/10/2016 : Launch of a public consultation on policy options to set minimum quality requirements for reused water in the European Union
    This consultation will be open until 27 January 2017. It aims at collecting additional information and evidence and giving the possibility to a broad range of stakeholders to provide views, feedback and perceptions on how the minimum quality requirements for reused water in the European Union should be set. You can participate and find all relevant information here.
    Read more about the initiative of the European Commission to promote water reuse.
  • EIP Water Survey
    Are you interested in water & innovation in the European Union? If so, may we ask your opinion? We have a 3-4 minute survey on the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) and would greatly appreciate your input!  https://goo.gl/forms/h0T1ZK1PslSn6ff12
  • EU-India Memorandum of Understanding on water cooperation
    Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Minister Uma Bharti signed the EU-India Memorandum of Understanding on water cooperation. For more information, please find further information of the activities and work programme of the India-EU Water Partnership at: http://www.eip-water.eu/india-eu-water-partnership-iewp
  • European Innovation Partnership on Water
    The European Innovation Partnership on Water informs about the latest on water innovation in the European Union, with this month’s headlines showing City Blueprints Action Group demonstrates pioneering IWRM for Quito. A new Horizon 2020 project SIM4NEXUS Bringing the power of gaming to water-land-food-energy-climate nexus policymakers. A new Funding call for pan-European research collaboration has been launched and last but not least, the city of Porto to host EIP Water conference 2017. Happy innovating! More information and the full newsletter are available at http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=55b2cc2102daad86f327941d4&id=6ae30358a0 .
  • European Innovation Partnership on Water
    Read our July 2016 newsletter on the ARREAU Action Group's pan-European event on struvite recovery, WssTP’s Water Innovation Europe 2016 conference, the launch of the WssTP 2030 Water Vision and much more. Find information about highly relevant forthcoming water innovation events, calls and others; such as the WssTP-SIRA and H2020-SC2; applications for an EU Innovation Deal, a study assessing the economic benefits of EU water policy and the costs of its non-implementation or for EU Partnership Instruments for water platforms with China and India. Furthermore, water utilities and technology development centers might be interested in getting on board of our new collaboration with ino3w.
  • Guidelines on integrating Water Reuse in water planning and management published
    Water reuse can be a valuable measure to achieve the objectives of the WFD in a more Circular Economy, in particular in situations of water scarcity. As such, water reuse should be appropriately considered in water planning and management. For this purpose guidelines were developed by the Commission, Member States and stakeholders, based on existing experience.

    Read more about these guidelines and other actions to promote water reuse in the EU

  • 25/05/2016: The European Environment Agency and the European Commission have published the Report on European bathing water quality in 2015
    As usual, the report is based on data from the previous bathing season, so this year's report is a compilation of data gathered in summer of 2015, indicating the quality of bathing water expected in 2016. This year’s review covers more than 21,000 bathing water sites across Europe. While 96 % of bathing sites met the minimum requirements, more than 84 % met the more stringent ‘excellent’ level.
    The full report can be consulted here.
  • 07/04/2016: Inception Impact Assessment on the initiative "Minimum quality requirements for reused water in the EU (new EU legislation)" published!
    Read more about the initiative of the European Commission to promote water reuse.
  • To coincide with World Water Day 2016, DG Environment has published a policy information sheet providing an overview of water policies. Click here to view the information sheet.
  • The EIP Water Conference was a success with more than 500 participants!  Read more
  • The first ever pan-European overview reports on Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) and on Flood Hazard and Risk Maps (FHRMs) have been published. PFRAs and FHRMs are two important steps towards reducing the risk of flood damage in Europe. Read more...
  • Call for Evidence on the economic benefits of EU water policy
    The Commission is looking for empirical evidence, studies and concrete feedback on the economic benefits of EU water policy and the costs of non-implementation with a view to launching an open call for tenders for contracting a study, which aims at generating new and solid economic arguments to promote effective protection and efficient use of water resources for the well-being of European nature and citizens. Please click here for further information and to participate in the survey.It was open until 11 March 2016.
  • 13/01/2016: EIP Water News edition January 2016 out now! 
    European Innovation Partnership on Water: Read about our call for applications for our renewed Steering Group. "pipe-in-a-pipe"solutions, an update of the 3rd EIP Water Conference on "How is water innovation succeeding in Europe?"and whom and how to meet participants of your choice in this 27th edition of the EIP Water News. Join over 4,100 readers by subscribing here for monthly EIP Water Newsletters or find ideas and solutions at our Marketplace, one of the world’s largest free databases on water & innovation.
  • EIP Water Steering Group Renewal - Public Call for Expression of Interests
    The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) has entered into its second phase, focusing on the delivery of impacts in fostering the uptake of innovations to address the key water challenges. In order to form the renewed Steering Group for the next three years, EIP Water is making a public call for Expressions of Interest, to involve additional members to those that remain involved since the first phase. If you occupy an executive level in a relevant organisation and have the ambition to further increase EIP Water’s impact, please find further information and apply by 31 January 2016.