11th EWA Brussels Conference "Water Challenges in Europe"

Date 16.11.2015 - 18.11.2015
Location Brussels, Belgium

EWA Brussels Days 16-18 November 2015

11th EWA Brussels Conference "Water Challenges in Europe"

16-17 November 2015 "Water Challenges in Europe"

11th EWA Brussels Conference

Water Challenges in Europe

November 16-17, 2015


Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU
Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels

Held in cooperation with the DG Environment of the European Commission, the main objective of the annual EWA Brussels Conference is to establish a dialogue between the European Commission and European water professionals and stakeholders.

Water status in Europe is slowly improving. In 2009, only 43 % of EU surface waters had reached good ecological status. In 2015, it is already 53 %. The EU water policy has helped develop a dynamic world-leading water sector. There are still some existing challenges and Europe is striving to reach a good ecological status of its water. Agriculture still puts a significant pressure on water, as well as other hydromorphological alterations. By the end of 2015, Europe will have prepared plans to improve EU’s waters and to reduce the risk of flooding of what we value the most: our health and the environment, our heritage and economies. There is an enormous potential for economic savings if floods are adequately managed.


16 November 2015 Dunbar Medal Award Ceremony

Dunbar Medal Award Ceremony

On the first day of the 11th EWA Brussels Conference, the European Water Association (EWA) will award the William Dunbar Medal. Since 1973, the Dunbar Medal has been donated by Messe München International and awarded by the EWA to an individual, who has made a major contribution to the science and/or technology of water or wastewater management.

All participants of the conference are cordially invited to take part in the ceremony where a keynote address will be given by the medal winner.

You can find more information about the award and the previous winners HERE

18 November 2015 EWA EU Water Policy Seminar

The EWA Water Policy Seminar has during past years provided an overview on EU institutions, their interaction and decision-making processes, as well as possibilities, paths and legal rights for access to information and documents, and a summary of water-related policy and legislation.

The EWA Water Policy Seminar will cover

  • Future developments in EU water policy – focus, expectations, concerns;
  • The challenge of implementation – with emphasis on four key elements of water legislation

- Water Framework Directive
- Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive
- Drinking Water Directive
- Nitrates Directive.

The time schedule will allow for ample time for discussion and complementary questions.

The seminar aims at planners and decision makers at local, regional and national level, in municipalities and regional authorities and agencies, in branches of the water industry as well as in non-governmental organisations and stakeholder bodies.

Registration for the events

Register before 31st August 2015 and profit from the early bird registration

You can find the registration form here:

Online Registration Form

Registration Form (PDF)


Please reserve your rooms until 16 October 2015. After this date, the rooms will be released automatically and you will not be able to reserve ar the negociated rates anymore.

Rates are as following:

- 16 November 2015 - 135 EUR / standard double room for single use (one person in the room)

- 17 November 2015 - 145 EUR / standard double room for single use (one person in the room)

Please note that the city tax of 6 EUR/room/night needs to be added to be above-mentioned rates. 

NH Brussels City Centre

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