- On 20 May, Aqua Publica Europea and Águas de Gaia, the public water operator of the city of Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal), co-organised the international conference "A Blue new Deal: water's role in a sustainable and fair future” to discuss how effective protection of water resources can contribute to building a green and fair recovery.
- In our Summer 2021 newsletter, you will find the international conference A blue new deal report, public water operators peer-to-peer exchanges, webinars series wrap-up video and an interview with UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.
On 26 February 2021, Aqua Publica Europea organised a webinar on the opportunities for the water sector in the new EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, with Dr Panagiotis Balabanis, Head of Water Sector at Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission and Mattia Ceracchi, Head of EU Liaison Office of APRE – Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research.
Aqua Publica Europea, the European association of public water operators, had co-signed, with the European Public Services Union (EPSU), a letter to European Commissioners Virginijus Sinkevičius (Environment, Oceans and Fisheries) and Nicolas Smit (Jobs and Social Rights) calling for concrete proposals for the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation through a rights-based approach. , calling for concrete proposals for the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation through a rights-based approach.
21 March 2021
To mark World Water Day, 22 March, Acquedotto Pugliese organises an online talk with the Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason on the cultural value of water.
Italy 20 June 2021
On 21-25 June, the 5th International Conference on "Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment" will take place in Milan (Italy). The event organised by the Politecnico de Milano (Italy), is sponsored by our Italian members MM (Municipality of Milan, Italy) and Gruppo CAP (Milan Metropolitan area, Italy) and counts with the sponsorship of Aqua Publica Europea.
A new publication by Aqua Publica Europea presents the concrete contribution of its members to realisation of the human right to water and sanitation through not-for-profit Water Operators Partnership.
On 16 December, the public operator managing the sewage network of Barcelona and the Catalan Association of municipalities for public water management (AMAP) – both members of APE - organised the high-level conference on “Human right to water: risks and challenges for the future” to discuss the latest report of the United Nations.
16 December 2020
On 16th December, the Barcelona City Council organise a webinar to present the UN report on Human rights and the privatisation of water and sanitation services. The event will count with the participation of Leo Heller (former UN SR), Pedro Arrojo (UN SR), Bernard Van Nuffel (APE), Eloi Badia (Barcelona City Council) and Míriam Planas (Aigua és Vida).
‘Public Water and COVID-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings’ provides an overview of public water operators' response to Covid-19 and the impact that the pandemic has had on the public water sector. Released this week, the book has been jointly published by the Municipal Service Project, Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and the Transnational Institute.
10 November 2020
On 10th November, AEOPAS, the Spanish association of public water operators, in collaboration with the Spanish civil society organisations, Aigua és vida and Red Agua Pública, organise a webinar with the Léo Heller (former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation).
Today, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr. Léo Heller, presents his report on Human rights and the privatisation of water and sanitation services to the United Nations General Assembly.