The Commission has reacted positively to the first successful ECI, in those areas where it is able to act. Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world. The Commission's Communication sets out concrete steps and new actions in areas of direct relevance to the ECI and its goals.
The aim of this consultation is to get a better understanding of citizens’ views on the need and the possible range of actions which could be undertaken in order to improve the supply with high quality drinking water. The results of the consultation will be used as input to decide if and where the EU Drinking Water Directive 98/83/EC might need improvement.
The consultation ended on 23 September 2014.
The Commission organizes on the 9th of September a stakeholder dialogue on this topic in Brussels. This stakeholder dialogue is also one of the actions announced in the response of the Commission to the ECI’Right2Water’.
A clear set of benchmarks on water quality and services will improve the transparency and accountability of water services providers by giving citizens access to comparable data on key economic, technical and quality performance indicators of water operators. Better information can empower citizens by allowing them to follow and participate more actively in water management decisions that are - for the most part - taken at national, regional or local level.
The dialogue aims to exchange experiences and to reflect on how benchmarking of water quality and services could be further developed in a useful manner.
If you would like to know more about this exercise, please send a message to EC-WATER-BENCHMARKING@ec.europa.eu.