A New Ambition for Water Resources in Europe

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Global pressure is mounting around water resources. The World Economic Forum continues to rank water crises as one of the greatest threats to developing and developed states’ economies—let alone their population’s security. The alarm has been raised and Europe has received the message; the European Union must do its part to turn a crisis into an opportunity. This is the underlying message of a Commission that is curently reviewing its directive on drinking water as well as proposing a new regulation on water reuse. It is a message of positive nature though, one that is set against a fragile timeline. The issues are interdisciplinary in a way that they involve experts from a variety of fields coming together to propose cost-effective and sustainable solutions to the use and valuing of water resources across Europe. Not necessarily under a strict hierarchy, the European Union is committed to tackling drinking water quality, water management and infrastructure, energy generation and the water nexus, among others. The situation is as such: urban infrastructure is outdated or deteriorating, the current management tools are inefficient or even wasteful and water consumption in the energy sector, to name a critical area, undermines efforts to move to renewables. The strengthen this image, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates €10,3 trillion is required to invest solely in infrastructure to meet global water demands by 2030. The burden on European states is significant in light of ageing infrastructure and agricultural intensive economies—the solutions will require investment at a time when interest rates are low and consumption ever-growing.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
    • Setting up a model to revive the European industry based on the battery alliance
      Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, European Commission
    • Building a stronger, more resilient future for Europe today
      Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, European Commission
    • Strengthening the EU’s resilience and strategic autonomy
      Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for Economy and Finances
    • An industrial policy geared towards future-proof sectors
      Cristian-Silviu Bu, MEP (EPP Group), Chair of ITRE Committee
    • A joint action towards a European recovery
      Philippe Donnet, Generali Group CEO
    • The pandemic presents an opportunity to recolour industry green
      Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank
    • Climate-neutral and circular economy solutions are key to building a sustainable recovery for Europe
      Alfred Stern, Chief Executive (CEO) of Borealis
    • How trade policy could better facilitate the transition towards a greener, fairer, and more responsible economy
      Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, MEP (Renew Europe Group), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade
    • No resilience without sustainability, Miriam Dalli, MEP (S&D Group) Member of the ENVI Committee
    • Giving rise to new European industrial leaders capable of ensuring Europe’s strategic autonomy
      Angelika Niebler, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
    • European Batteries, a Proven Piece of the Clean Energy Transition, and a Booster for the Economic Recovery of the Continent
      Diego PAVÍA, Chief Executive Officer of EIT InnoEnergy
    • Sustainability is EU’s competitive advantage in battery rivalry
      Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
    • A Circular Economy Action Plan for strengthening the industrial autonomy of Europe
      Sirpa Pietikainen, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ECON Committee
    • Chemical recycling: a contribution to the EU strategic industrial autonomy
      Jean Hornain, CEO of CITEO
    • Hydrogen, the key to decarbonising our industry: the example of energy-intensive sectors
      Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secertary General of Hydrogen Europe
    • Increasing Europe’s Energy Autonomy: Offshore Renewable Energy and Energy Storage
      Claudia Gamon, MEP, (Renew Europe Group), Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
    • Green Hydrogen – Chances and Challenges for a competitive, sustainable transport sector?
      Jan-Christoph Oetjen, MEP (Renew Europe Group), Vice Chair of TRAN Committee
    • Large-scale decarbonisation solutions for a climate neutral industry and jobs in Europe
      François-Régis, Mouton de Lostalot-Lassalle, IOGP, Regional Director Europe
    • Strengthening European resilience in the manufacturing and supply of medicines
      Philippe Luscan, Executive Vice President, Global Industrial Affairs, Sanofi
    • Let us not wait for the next crisis to regain European health independence
      Véronique Trillet-Lenoir, MEP (Renew Europe Group), Member of the ENVI Committee
    • Response to European Parliament’s Resolution on medicine shortages of 17 September 2020
      Simon White, Chair of EFPIA Supply Chain Working Group
    • The EU recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget: useful levies to foster a European strategic autonomy?
      Dominique Riquet, MEP (Renew Europe – France), Member of the TRAN
    • The risk of picking winners
      Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP (EPP Group – Portugal), Member of the ITRE Committee
    • The crisis should cement our commitment to the Green Deal and hasten the need for a green, digital and resilient recovery
      Morten Helveg Petersen, MEP (Renew Europe – Denmark) Vice-Chair ITRE Committee
    • Strengthening Europe’s industry as an engine for growth and a catalyst for the green and digital transformation
      Andreas Schwab, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the IMCO Committee
    • Deployment of Artificial Intelligence is key to European competitiveness
      Henna Virkkunen, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
    • Fostering greater connectivity across Europe
      Dita Charanzova, MEP (Renew Europe Group), VP of European Parliament, Member of the IMCO Committee
    • Shaping Europe’s Digital Future
      Pilar Del Castillo, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
    • A cybersecurity strategy for a strong and sovereign digital Europe
      Eva Kaili, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
    • ECSEL JU – Securing Europe’s future through impactful RD&I in electronics
      Luciano Gaudio, Deputy Head of Unit for Communications, ECSEL Joint Undertaking
    • Why is the aerospace & defence ecosystem the right level for the industrial strategic autonomy?
      Nathalie Errard, Senior Vice President, Head of EU & NATO Affairs, Airbus
    • Implementing the European Defence Fund and the Action Plan on Military Mobility
      Michael Gahler, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the SEDE Committee
    • Advocacy for more investments and less naivety in European space policy
      Christophe Grudler, MEP (Renew Europe Group), Member of the ITRE Committee, Vice-President of the Sky&Space Intergroup, Vice coordinator Renew of ITRE Committee