The Commission has launched the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources
Nov 20th, 2012 |
Over the past three decades the EU water policy has contributed to water protection in Europe so Europeans can safely drink tap water, using the coastal areas, rivers and lakes across the EU. Throughout these years numerous obstacles hampered the action to safeguard Europe’s water resources. Therefore, the European Commission took the initiative to set up the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources document aiming to tackle these obstacles supporting the implementation of better water practices into the European and regional legislation
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The Commission has already launched the strategy to ensure that enough good quality water is available to meet the needs of people, the economy and the environment. ‘The time has come to take action to deliver the full benefits of our legislation and create opportunities for innovative solutions in water policy and the water industry’ says the Environment Commissioner Janez PotoÄnik.
To achieve the already existing Water Framework Directive objective of good water status by 2015, the Water Blueprint sets out a three-tier strategic approach related to water implementation, integration and filling the gaps of the current framework.
The implementation of the proposals outlined in the Blueprint will rely on the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive. This is an open and participatory process involving Member States, non-governmental organisations and businesses. The Water Blueprint time horizon is closely related to the EU’s 2020 Strategy and, in particular, to the 2011 Resource Efficiency Roadmap, of which the Blueprint is the water milestone. However, the analysis underpinning the Blueprint covers a longer time span, up to 2050, and is expected to drive EU water policy over the long term.
More information on the document can be found here.