A delegation from CETIM went on December 12 to the Water Innovation Conference 2019 that the European Commission, through the Environment GD in cooperation with the Government of Aragon, held in Zaragoza. It has been the fifth EIP Water Conference, after Brussels (2013), Barcelona (2014), Leeuwarden (2016) and Porto (2017), and has focused on the efforts of the European Innovation Association (EIP Water) to promote innovation in the water sector and overcome the main existing barriers.
In this edition, the Water Innovation Conference has had exceptional speakers such as Andras Toth, Director General of Climate Action of the European Commission, Bernd M. Gawlik, coordinator of the JRC Working Group on Water Quality (Joint Research Center of the European Commission), or Frank Rogalla, FCC Director of R&D and interviewed in this newsletter.
In its presentations, this panel of experts has emphasized the need to raise awareness about the urgency of improving water management throughout the European Union towards an intelligent society for water, in taking stock of recent policy evaluations of the European Commission and the results and results of research and innovation, as well as in promoting the exchange of best practices and innovative approaches at technical, governance and policy levels.
In the water sector, CETIM accumulates a wide expertise in improving the quality of drinking water leading different projects and collaborating with important companies and universities, both national and international, and we could not miss the appointment. For three days, we exchanged ideas to combat water pollution and improve the EU’s preparedness for the impacts of climate change related to this basic good.
EU Water Innovation Conference
The EU Water Innovation Conference 2019 aims to raise awareness of the need and urgency to improve water management throughout the European Union towards a smart water society. It was also used to take stock of the key findings of the European Commission based on the Fitness Check 2019 of the EU Water Law and promote the exchange of best practices and innovative approaches at technical, government and policy levels. At the same time, it is a springboard into the future, as the current EIP Water is scheduled to end in 2020, and will be followed by new actions to address water-related challenges, ensure greater compliance with the EU acquis and encourage the policy-research interface, while strengthening alliances for joint efforts.