European Commission invites public to evaluate Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Waters2012-05-02
The European Commission is drafting a Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources and is asking the organisations concerned and the public to present by 7 June their comments and proposals on the most appropriate actions to improve the EU water policy and to safeguard water resources. The Blueprint will assess the implementation of EU water policy, identify gaps and shortcomings, formulate future priorities and propose policy guidelines until 2020.
Comments and suggestions can be submitted on the website of the European Commission at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/blueprint_en.htm. It provides all documents related to the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources.
According to Dalius Krinickas, Director of the Water Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment, the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources raises 12 major EU water policy issues. These include evaluation of river basin water levels, the effect of drought and land use, in particular agriculture, which may lead to even greater water scarcity and larger floods, as well as water saving in buildings, infrastructural water losses, reuse of waste water in agriculture and industry, illegal water extraction, formation of tax policy encouraging water saving, lack of a methodology for the cost/benefit analysis of water protection measures, insufficient coordination of river basin district management among EU Member States and between EU Member States and third countries, failure to compare data on water status and other information among EU Member States, and global water use problems.
Several measures have been proposed to solve these problems. The persons and organisations concerned are expected to express their opinions as to whether they are appropriate and relevant. Public comments will help the European Commission to formulate political proposals, which will be included in the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources. It is planned to be approved by the end of this year.
Information of the Ministry of Environment, phone 266 3660
11 April 2012