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Aqua Publica Europea's Seminar | The new drinking water directive and beyond - Cremona, Italy

26 October 2018 09:30–13:30

Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators
Water Alliance, Water Operators of the Lombardy Region
Viveracqua, Water Operators of the Veneto Region

have the pleasure to invite you to the seminar

Ensuring better water quality in Europe: challenges and approaches

Last February, the European Commission published its proposal to revise the Drinking Water Directive, introducing stricter quality requirements and a risk-based approach to ensure that the water we drink is both safe and good. The text put forward also introduces objectives on topics such as the access to water and transparency. If, on the one hand, the Commission’s proposal creates new challenges for water operators, on the other hand, their role is heightened. Water operators are indeed identified as the cornerstone of the governance framework outlined in the proposal. Meanwhile, the European Commission is currently assessing the effectiveness of other key pieces of the EU water legislation, from the Urban Waste Water Treatment to the Water Framework Directives. With contributions from stakeholders from European and national institutions and public water operators, the seminar aims to understand the implications of changing water policy in Europe.



09.30 – 09:45    Registration and welcome coffee

09:45 – 10:10    Welcome addresses  

  • Célia Blauel, President of APE and Deputy-Mayor of Paris 
  • Representative City of Cremona

10:10 – 10:30    Introduction – Renewing EU water legislation: what is at stake?

  • Veronica Manfredi, Director, Directorate General for Environment – European Commission

10:30 – 11:45    Roundtable I – Possible responses to technical and economic challenges stemming from EU water legislation 

  • Andrea Guerrini, President, European Association of Water Regulators
  • Gabor Till,  Scientific Advisor, Budapest Waterworks
  • Eric Smit, President, Société Wallonne des Eaux - Aquawal
  • Thomas Van Gilst, Head of Water Division, European Investment Bank

Moderated by Nicola De Sanctis, CEO, Acquedotto Pugliese

11:45 – 12:00    Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:20    Introduction – Legislative proposals for water governance reform in Italy 

  • Federica Daga, Member of the Italian Parliament
  • Chiara Braga, Member of the Italian Parliament

12:20 – 13:20    Roundtable II – Evolving national and European regulatory frameworks: increasing convergence? 

  • Alberto Villa, Mayor of Pessano, Chair of the Environment Commission – Italian National Association of Municipalities
  • Jon Rathjen, Water Industry Team Leader, Scottish Government
  • Paola Briani, Vice-President, Viveracqua
  • Gerry Galvin, Chief Technical Officer, Irish Water

Moderated by Paolo Romano, President, Società Metropolitana Acque Torino

13:20 – 13:30    Conclusions

  • Alessandro Russo, Vice-President of APE

Working languages: English / Italian / French