Recent Developments in the EU Water Policy

On 6-7 November 2017, around water professionals from around 16 different Euopean countries met at the Representation of the North Rhine-Westphalia in Brussels, Belgium to attend the annual Brussels Conference.

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

The topic of this year's conference is the Recent Development in the EU Water Policy. The Water Framework Directive is considered to be one of the largest and most ambitious environmental legislations until date. One of the major emphasis of the WFD is to prepare and draft the first River Basin Managment Plans; hence the knowledge of the status of water has improved considerably. However, the Commission's assessment shows that this is not enough to ensure the achievement of its objectives in upcoming planning cycles.


Implementation of the WFD – Experiences from a member state

Veronique Van Den Langenbergh, Flanders Environment Agency (1.3 MB)

Climate Change and Water Resources: Call for Smart Sdaptation Strategies and Innovations

Dr Patrick Willems, Professor Leuven University – Belgium (8.0 MB)

“Copernicus Climate Change Service proof-of –concept for water management: Addressing water related policy risks in Metallurgy Sector in Asopos River Basin

Alexandros Ziogas, EMVIS (3.2 MB)

The Drinking Water Directive: A Member State’s View of the Upcoming Challenges for the Sector

Jean-Paul Lickes, Water Management Agency of Luxembourg (1.1 MB)

Expectations to a European Pharmaceutical Strategy

Dr. Claudia Castell-Exner, Vice President EUREAU (2.0 MB)

Investments in the Water Sector. The Full Overview

Thomas van Gilst, European Investment Bank (3.9 MB)

The EU-China Water Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Elaborated by the PIANO Project

Dr. Markus Starkl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (5.7 MB)