On 23 March 2020, Aqua Publica member representatives from 50 water operators from: Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Montenegro, Austria gathered in an online roundtable to exchange about the COVID-19 emergency and share the measures adopted by public water operators to ensure continuity of services during this unprecendented crisis.
JOINT STATEMENT | European public water operators commit to the continuity of water services in response to COVID-19 emergency
As the COVID-19 outbreak affects all of Europe, the continued supply of high quality drinking water and sanitation operations is essential to ensure health of all citizens and continuity of other essential activities. In this context, the Management Board and members of Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, adopt today a joint statement, outlining common commitments to fulfil public water operators’ mission for the continued delivery of quality water whilst also protecting health and securing a coordinated response across Europe.
The upcoming Farm-to-Fork Strategy announces high ambitions for sustainable food systems, with an approach that addresses the entire supply chain, taking into account health, fairness, environment and food security considerations. In this context, we emphasise that our production and consumption habits deeply affect the environment, and notably water resources in terms of quality and quantity.
On 3 March 2020, Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, organised a technical meeting between its Management Board, the European Commission and key water stakeholders, in Brussels, to discuss the concrete application of water policy, addressing in particular the question of the combined implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive
The Transnational Institute (TNI) in collaboration with other organisations publishes the '7 steps to build a democratic economy', based on the panels, workshops and discussions of the international 'Future is Public: Democratic Ownership of the Economy' conference that took place on 4-5 December 2019 in Amsterdam.
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) has been the cornerstone of EU water policy for the past two decades. As such, it has contributed greatly to sustainable development at EU level and played a fundamental role in driving the EU’s efforts for water protection. Read our position after the publication of the European Commission's 'Fitness Check'.
Aqua Publica Europea participated in the 13th meeting of the OECD's Water Governance Initiative in Paris, on 09-10 January 2020
Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, welcomes the European Parliament’s draft Motion for a Resolution on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment, as step forward in the protection of water resources from pharmaceutical residues. The members of Aqua Publica Europea provide quality water and sanitation services to over seventy million people throughout Europe. Based on their on-the-ground experience and expertise, we would like to share some comments on the draft Motion for a Resolution 2019/2816(RSP).
POSITION | European Commission's Roadmap for a New Circular Economy Action plan: Aqua Publica Europea's comments
Last December, as part of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission published its Roadmap for a New Circular Economy Action Plan. Aqua Publica Europea welcomes the Roadmap and the objectives for circular economy and emphasises several key points to be taken into account: preventing waste and promoting sustainable alternatives; preventing pollution at source and addressing the question of bioresources; and taking into account the entire picture for a true circular economy.
In our APE Interview Series, we met high-level water experts to discuss the future of water and share perspectives on the upcoming challenges and solutions for truly sustainable water services. All of the interviews are available in Aqua Publica Europea's publication 'The Public Water Services of the Future'.