Category Archives: Politics

Setting the right water price challenges member states

Célia Blauel, Lukasz Latala and Gorm Dige during the seminar. Source: waternewseurope.

How to combine protection of water resources, cost recovery, and affordability through water pricing? This topic played a central role at the seminar ‘Setting the right Price’ at 4 December in Brussels, organized by Aqua Publica Europea (APE), the association of public...
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Plastic bags: Europe is closing the tap

Plastic is ending up in our rivers. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

The European Parliament and Council, decided, despite the wish from the EC, to regulate plastic bag waste in all European member states. The main goal is to cut the use of thin plastic bags by 50% by 2017 (compared to 2010), and at least by 80% by 2019. The new law will apply to lightweight plastic bags that are thinner than 50 microns. This type of bag can easily break apart and cause damage to the (water) environment.

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IPCC: Urge for action on climate change

Heat waves, heavy rainfall and more floodings. Some of the consequences of climate change the world will be facing in upcoming years. The new Synthesis Report of the IPCC points out that climate change is still proceeding. The consequences of global warming are getting more and more clear. The last 15 years warming has slown...
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European Water Alliance pressures ‘polluters pays principle’

The EU Water Alliance, an informal coalition of over 500 organisations, has addressed their key messages to the new European Commissioners. Water Alliance states: “Water should be a vital and cross‐cutting theme in research and innovation policies and financing instruments." Moreover the European Innovation Partnership on Water should be supported as it is considered as...
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