Commissioner Vella Addresses EU Water Sector
Nov 30th, 2015 |
On 18 November 2015 Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries addressed the European Parliament Water Group and representatives of the EU water sector at a dinner hosted by MEP Esther De Lange, which EWP also attended.
The meeting primarily focused on exploring the great potential water can play in the circular economy. The European Commission will publish its long-awaited proposals on Circular Economy in December 2015. Commissioner Vella highlighted that re-use and recycling of water in industrial and municipal processes is an essential part of the circular economy since it reduces the costs of water input and reduces the pressures on water resources. He highlighted that it also presents an economic opportunity that the European companies, who are already among the global leaders, could take up even more.
In sectors where circular economy has a greater potential, such as agriculture and food waste, the European Commission is planning to address the barrier to water re-cycle and re-use. One way of doing it is through the European Innovation Partnership on Water, for which a new strategic framework will be launched to make it even more efficient and goal oriented and delivering tangible results for the market.
Commisisoner Vella also stressed the importance of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda2030 when it comes to the implementation of water policy in the EU and beyond.
Bruno Tisserand, the President of EurEau, presented the position of water sector and offered the sector’s commitment in making the circular economy a reality.
The speech of the Commissioner here: