Water is the source of all life, an essential element for people and societies. It is also a finite resource which needs to be managed and used responsibly and sustainably. As a common resource, water is shared by all of us and with future generations, which means that a long-term
- 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'.
- 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
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'.
PRESS RELEASE | Aqua Publica Europea welcomes outcome of the Water Framework Directive Fitness Check
Brussels, 19 December 2019 – The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) has been the cornerstone of EU water policy for the past two decades. On 11 December, the European Commission published its evaluation (Fitness Check) of the WFD and daughter directives, concluding that it is “fit-for-purpose” despite some scope for improvement and need for better implementation.
PRESS RELEASE | DRINKING WATER: EU Ministers finally move forward on the legislation but more ambition needed in interinstitutional negotiations
The EU Environment Ministers have adopted their position on the Drinking Water Directive to secure access to safe drinking water in Europe. Public water operators welcome this step forward but hope for more ambition before the final legislative adoption. Aqua Publica Europea welcomes the adoption of the Council’s general approach
PRESS RELEASE | WATER REUSE: Public water operators welcome European Parliament's position but more to be done to ensure effectiveness
Public water operators welcome the legislation and the improvements proposed by the European Parliament but emphasise the need to adequately distribute responsibilities to achieve a functioning water reuse system Brussels, 12 February 2019 – Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, welcomes the European Parliament’s plenary vote
APE members welcome the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse , published on 28 May to facilitate the reuse of water for the purpose of agricultural irrigation. The Commission’s proposal provides a clear framework for water operators and facilitates the reuse of treated water
EU Environment Ministers are expected to discuss the recast of the Drinking Water Directive on Monday 25 June . In view of their meeting, Aqua Publica Europea sent a letter, on 21 June 2018, to all the Ministers urging them to support the European Commission's efforts to improve access to
On 1 February 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for a revision of Directive 98/83/EC (the “Drinking Water Directive”, DWD). We welcome this proposal, which places water utilities at the centre of a more holistic approach to managing the provision of drinking water services . By introducing a general
Aqua Publica Europea has sent its comments on the European Commission’s Evaluation Roadmap concerning the Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive and Floods Directive.