Stakeholder consultation by the Rapporteur Mr Nichi VENDOLA (IT/PES - ENVE)

15/02/2011   Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels, Room JDE 53

The Committee of the Regions is drafting an Outlook Opinion requested by the Hungarian EU Presidency on "The role of regional and local authorities in promoting sustainable water policy".  The Rapporteur on the opinion, Mr Nichi VENDOLA (IT/PES), President of the Region of Apulia, Member of the ENVE Commission of the CoR, and his expert, Mr Umberto FRATINO, would be happy to meet with representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders for a consultation and exchange of views on his opinion.

The consultation will focus on a set of questions that were identified in the request by the Hungarian Presidency:
-         How to put the water cycle at the heart of European to local level adaptation to climate change? 
-         How to address water scarcity by balancing water demand, supply and in particular ecosystem needs, and by considering issues such as introducing targets for water saving and water quantity management in line with Water Framework Directive? How to manage extreme water events in a more integrated manner, by seeking new types of interventions?
-         With regard to governance issues: What conclusions do local and regional authorities draw form the first series of river basin management plans? Which role local and regional authorities can play in strengthening of international cooperation within river basins? 
-         How the EU and the Member States can and should provide support to local and regional authorities in the above-mentioned fields?
Against this background, the CoR's Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform is also organising a quick survey which will also contribute to preparations for the CoR Opinion and will feed into the second CoR Monitoring Report on Europe 2020 (to be published in December 2011).

However, if you are unable to participate in the survey, Mr Vendola would be very glad to receive your written comments or position papers related to the topic, prior to the meeting. Furthermore, after registration, participants will be provided with a first working document of the Rapporteur to be discussed during the consultation. The consultation will feed into the Rapporteur's later draft opinion document.

With simultaneous interpretation being provided, you will be able to speak in French, English and Italian while listening to English and Italian.

The consultation will take place on at the premises of the Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, room JDE53 at 10:00 – 12:30. 

For more information, please contact our team:


Contact Person: Mr Carsten Brauns
Organizer: ENVE Commission
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