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Public consultation on policy options to set minimum quality requirements for reused water in the European Union

Policy field(s)


Agriculture, Climate Action, Environment, Food safety, Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Public Health, Trade

Target group(s).


All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation


From 28/10/2016 to 27/01/2017

Objective of the consultation



The European Commission is launching this consultation to collect the views of stakeholders and citizens with regard to the policy options to set minimum quality requirements for reused water in the European Union.

The objectives of the consultation are:

  • Gathering information and data that cannot be found through desk research and additional sources of evidence as regards the benefits of and barriers to a further development of water reuse within the European Union.
  • Informing and enabling feedback, 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.

Please go to the website of the initiative to find the details on the actions being developed by the European Commission to promote a further development of water reuse within the EU.

You are invited to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

How to submit your contribution


You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire.

The questionnaire is available in 23 official EU languages. Replies may be submitted in any of these languages. Given possible delays in translating replies submitted in some languages, contributions in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian are welcome, as they will help the Commission to process the survey more swiftly.

For methodological reasons, all questions are compulsory. However, it is possible to answer "I don't know". There are also free text boxes which enable you to give alternatives to the options provided in a multi-choice reply.

You may pause at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you can download a copy of your completed responses.

Together with your contribution you will be asked to provide background information (your name as an individual or organization, type of organization or company, your EU Transparency Register ID number if applicable, the country in which you carry out your activities). Please note that all this information is mandatory in order to process your reply. You will nevertheless be able to have your reply published anonymously (see protection of personal data)

View the questionnaire

Reference documents


Inception impact assessment

Promotion of water reuse in the European Union

Report on the previous open public consultation on water reuse

Contact details of responsible service


Directorate-General Environment – Unit C1

European Commission

Directorate-General Environment

BU 9 – 4/173

B-1049 Bruxelles



View the contributions


As part of the European Transparency Initiative, the Commission asks organisations (including NGOs, trade associations, enterprises etc.) who wish to participate in public consultations to provide the Commission and the public with information about whom and what they represent, their objectives, funding and structures, by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.

  • If you are a registered organisation, please fill in your Register ID number in the questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.
  • If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a registered organisation.

During the analysis of replies to a consultation, contributions from respondents who choose not to register will be treated as individual contributions (unless the contributors are recognised as representative stakeholders through Treaty provisions, European Social Dialogue, Art. 154-155 TFEU).

Results of consultation and next steps


The Commission is committed to providing feedback on consultations. A short factual summary as well as a brief synopsis report on the results of the consultation will be published on the evaluation website.

Protection of personal data


The contributions to this public consultation will be published on the internet, together with your personal data, unless you indicate that contributions should be published anonymously or not publication at all (see questionnaire). It is important to read the Commission website on Protection of personal data and the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

The questionnaire leaves you several options regarding the publication of your data. Please note that regardless of the option chosen, your contribution may be subject to a request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001. In such cases, the request will be assessed against the conditions set out in the Regulation and in accordance with applicable data protection rules.

Specific privacy statement

The website is available in English and 22 other official EU languages:

BG - CS - DA - DE - EL - ES - ET - FI - FR - HR - HU - IT - LT - LV - MT - NL - PL - PT - RO - SK - SL - SV.