Opinion factsheet

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    Effective water management system: an approach to innovative solutions

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    : CDR 3691/2016
    : LOGGEN, Cees
    : ALDE (Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)
    : ENVE
    : Adopted
    : 08/02/2017
    THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

    - calls on the European Commission to explore the possibilities for an adaptive, more flexible and differentiated water policy, also as part of the upcoming review of the Drinking Water Directive and the legislative proposal on water-reuse, the possible review of the Urban Waste Water Directive and ultimately the review of the Water Framework Directive, with the precautionary and the polluter-pays principles to continue to be used as the starting point, and without leading to more modest ambitions;

    - issues concrete recommendations on the focus the European Commission should take in the aforementioned revisions and initiatives, and on actions to carry out to reduce water scarcity and further increase water efficiency;

    - notes the tension between the water quality objectives and the Common Agricultural Policy and asks the European Commission to ensure better alignment between these two policy areas, seeking the most efficient, cost-effective and mutually reinforcing compromises;

    - calls on the European Commission to further reduce the administrative burden involved in accessing European innovation funds; and to explore the possibility of allowing room for experimentation in situations where restrictions from other policy areas are hampering innovative solutions; stresses the possible benefit of an EU-level European water innovation action agenda;

    - draws attention to the increasing use of medicines such as antibiotics and supports an approach focusing on the diffuse sources of residual medications; moreover encourages Member States and local and regional authorities to include in their water policies the concepts of green infrastructure and natural water retention measures; and encourages cities in Europe to sign up to the voluntary Urban Water Agenda 2030.
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2017
 

ENVE Commission study visit on "Better implementation of EU nature and water directives and their harmonisation with economic interests -the example of the Ems Masterplan 2050 in Lower Saxony

Rapporteur participates.

 
05 May
 

Commission Staff Working Document "Agriculture and Sustainable Water Management in the EU"

Commission Staff Working Document "Agriculture and Sustainable Water Management in the EU"

 
28 Apr
 

Commission publishes roadmap for the Commission's initiative on a strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment

Commission publishes roadmap for the Commission's initiative on a strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment

 
28 Apr
2016
 

Participation of MEP Dantin, EurEau and European Commission in ENVE Commission meeting

Participation of Michel Dantin, MEP (FR/EPP), Chair of Subgroup "Agriculture & Water Management", European Parliament Intergroup for Sustainable Development; Jorge Rodriguez Romero, Deputy Head of Water Unit, DG Environment, European Commission; Oliver Loebel, Secretary General of EurEau

 
01 Dec
 

Participation of WssTP in the ENVE Commission meeting

Exchange of views with participation of Erik Kärrman, WssTP - The European Technology Platform for Water, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Group Manager Urban Water Management.

 
19 Oct
 

Council

Environment Council Conclusions on water policy

 
17 Oct
 

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultation on the opinion "Effective water management system: an approach to innovative solutions"

 
28 Sep
 

Council

Ministerial Conference on Water Management, organised by Slovak EU Presidency.

 
11 Jul
 

European Commission

The rapporteur and his expert attended bilateral meetings with different services of DG Environment, European Commission.

 
16 Jun
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