- On 17 October 2019, Aqua Publica Europea, the European Association of Public Water Operators, launched its new publication 'The Public Water Services of the Future'. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the association proposes to outline the role that public water operators across Europe are undertaking, as actors of their communities, fully embedded into their environmental, social, economic and knowledge ecosystems, and striving to contribute to a sustainable future. Based on the long-term strategies and concrete actions of the member operators, the document addresses how they are preparing to address the great challenges of tomorrow and to harness opportunities.
- In our Autumn Newsletter, we review our seminar 'Building a Circular Society', present our 10-year publication on 'The PublicdWater services of the future', and talk about our General Meeting 2019, the promotion of tap water as drinking water and the upcoming EU programme for Water Operator Partnerships in the context of Development and International Cooperation.
JOINT STATEMENT | European public water operators commit to the continuity of water services in response to COVID-19 emergencyAs 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.
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.
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.
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).
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'.
Spain 11 December 2019
On 12 December, the European Commission organises the EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 (EUWIC) in Zaragoza, Spain, with discussions focused on the theme: " Accelerating action to tackle water pollution and enhance EU preparedness to water-related climate change impacts ". The day before the conference, Aqua Publica Europea will take
In our APE Interview Series 2019, we meet high-level water experts to discuss the future of water and share perspectives on the upcoming challenges and solutions for truly sustainable water services. This interview is part of a six-part series, all of the interviews are available in Aqua Publica Europea's publication 'The Public Water Services of the Future'
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
Aqua Publica Europea welcomes the new ' green architecture ' of the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States , as part of the next Common Agriculture Policy , but the proposal needs further improvements in relation
In June 2017 the European Commission launched a public consultation to collect the views of stakeholders and citizens with regard to the policy options to reduce microplastics entering the marine environment. Microplastics pollution is an issue of growing concern for citizens and for public water operators. The action undertaken by
APE has sent its response to the European Commission's consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).