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Qualità delle acque destinate al consumo umano

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Opinion Number: CDR 924/2018
Rapporteur: 
Group: EPP (European People's Party)
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 16/05/2018
 
The opinion intends to support the European Commission's proposal for a recast of Council Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption so as to ensure high-quality drinking water for consumers in the EU Member States in line with current scientific and technical findings.

The European Committee of the Regions wishes to protect the quality of drinking water from adverse effects to human health, through monitoring and through the minimum requirements to be complied with under the directive. Local and regional authorities in the Member States have a key role to play through monitoring and preventive and remedial measures in achieving and guaranteeing for consumers the high quality of drinking water required under the directive.

Water distribution for human consumption is fundamentally a competence and an obligation of local and regional authorities. Cities and regions are the forerunners in considering universal access to water and sanitation as a fundamental right.

The revision (recast) of the Drinking Water Directive is part of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and responds to the first successful European Citizens' Initiative 'Right2Water'. It is a mandatory referral for the CoR.
European Parliament:

On 28 October 2018, the European Parliament adopted its report on 1st reading, accepting literally the CoR proposal related to derogations, which means a whole new article in the Directive. The EP also accepted the CoR proposal of more categories of water suppliers and measures of flexibility for very small ones, the consideration of the specific geographic circumstances of water distribution and has been very strong in relation with the support, including financial, to local and regional authorities. The EP considers subsidiarity in aspects related to access to water and in information to the public. The definition of microplastics will go to a delegated act.
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European Commission

The 81st report on the follow-up to CoR opinions replied that the Commission proposed stricter (i.e. lower) parametric values than recommended by the WHO based on the precautionary principle for example, for pesticides or for carcinogenic substances; the Commission recognises the need for developing a methodology to measure microplastics and will consider the proposal for a definition in the coming negotiations;

The Commission is open to clarify that Member States do not need to take extensive remedial actions if the exceedandance of the parametric value is trivial; the Commission will accept derogations only if the co-legislators request it; the Commission will endeavour to clarify how to best achieve the safety in building materials in contact with water.

THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- welcomes the European Commission's proposal for a recast of Council Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of water intended for human consumption so as to ensure high-quality drinking water for consumers in the EU Member States in line with current scientific and technical findings;

- supports the European Commission's objectives of protecting the quality of drinking water from adverse effects to human health. Local and regional authorities in the Member States have a key role to play through monitoring and preventive and remedial measures in achieving and guaranteeing for consumers the high quality of drinking water required under the directive;

- welcomes in particular the Commission's proposals in response to the European Citizens' Initiative 'Right to Water', with specific measures to improve such access for vulnerable and marginalised groups;

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Meeting of the EP Intergroup on 'Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development'

The CoR rapporteur on the Drinking Water Directive, Mr Weinmeister, presented the CoR position at the Intergroup of the European Parliament on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

 
16 May
 

Stakeholders consultation

The rapporteur Mr Weinmeister (DE/EPP) met a series of stakeholders in order to discuss about the contents of the CoR opinion.

Some of the participants were Eureau, European Public Services Union on behalf of the initiative 'Right2Water', Eurocities showcasing the Urban Water Agenda 2030 and other national associations of local authorities.

 
27 Feb