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Looking ahead in 2014: A message from the EWP Chairman

Jan 13th, 2014 |

Dear colleagues, Tom photo

First of all, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and successful new year.

2014 is promising to be another exciting year for all of us at the European Water Partnership. I’d like to use the opportunity of our first newsletter in 2014 to outline a few of the priorities we are planning to work on this year to further advance us towards reaching the 2030 Water Vision.

European Water Stewardship (EWS)

We will continue to further expand our flagship initiative on the European Water Stewardship (EWS), which has been widely recognised by the business community as the business action on shared water challenges. We will continue rolling it out across the EU, as a regional initiative of the global water stewardship certification system (AWS), expected to be launched in 2014. We will also aim to expand the role EWS can play in urban water management through our participation in the Smart Cities platform in the context of the Smart Cities Innovation Partnership. In addition, we will continue promoting collective action on water stewardship in the river basins through “local deals”.

Water innovation

Together with our partner water sector organisations, such as Water Supply and Sanitation Platform, we will continue to advocate for strong EU support to water innovation especially for the SMEs as well as contribute to further development of the European Innovation Partnership on Water. We also plan to launch a new Water Fund with a Frankfurt based asset management company, that will support SME‘s along the water value chain that offer innovative technologies and smart application/business models. We will also continue strengthening the Network of National Water Partnerships to better support the SMEs across the EU in water innovation.

Climate change adaptation and water

2014 has been designated by the UN as a year of action on water and energy and we will present the results of the analysis we carried out on how  EU and Member States are integrating water and energy in their actions to adapt to climate change as well as make specific recommendations on how this can be further improved.

Shaping EU policy

As big changes sweep over European leadership, 2014 will certainly prove an important year for our policy work. The institutional reshuffle offers an opportunity to ensure that we do not treat EU water policy as just “green tape” or luxury we cannot afford in tough times, but rather ensure that the EU water policy drives innovation, promotes collective stewardship actions and safeguards the essential resource on which EU’s economy, people’s livelihoods, and nature, all depend.

Get involved!

If you would like to join us on our activities in 2014 please consider to join the Partnership and contribute actively to addressing Europe’s water challenges. From 2014, we are also offering a joint EWP/EWS Membership. For more information about membership opportunities, please visit and or contact Ms. Lisa Strübbe at

We are looking forward to continued cooperation with you in 2014.

Best wishes,

Tom Vereijken

Chairman of the Board

European Water Partnership

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