Water UK activity in Europe
During 2012 the European Commission carried out a fundamental review of EU freshwater policy to produce a Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water.
Blueprint for Water
The Blueprint was the convergence of three assessments:
• Assessment of first river basin management plans under the Water Framework Directive
• Review of the strategy for water scarcity and drought
• Assessment of the vulnerability of water and environmental resources to the impact of climate change and to man-made pressures
The European Commission also started a new process called ‘Fitness Check’ as part of the EC smart regulation policy. Water policy was selected as a pilot area, to assess the effectiveness of the measures taken and feed into the Blueprint.
Water UK is actively engaged in representing the interests of its members in Europe, in particular through its participation in Eureau, the European association representing national associations of water and wastewater services companies. Water UK has a seat on the Board of Management of Eureau and has representatives on the key committees that carry out Eureau policy and technical work.
Representation in Brussels
In Brussels, Water UK has its own representation and has established relationships with European institutions, the Permanent UK Representation and with industry representatives active in Brussels.
Issues currently under discussion include CAP reform, flooding, water reuse, pesticides and biocides, priority substances, sludge, industrial emissions, climate change, shale gas, phosphates, radioactive substances and the European Innovation Partnership on Water.
EU Blueprint to safeguard Europe's waters
Evidence to House of LordsWater UK provided evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee, Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment sub-committee, looking at EU freshwater policy
EU Freshwater Policy
UK Parliament website: House of Lords
Water UK oral evidence
Water UK, Severn Trent and Thames Water gave oral evidence to the committee
Water UK written evidence