|GENERAL RAPPORTEUR||Maurizio GORLA|
|CEEP GENERAL SECRETARIAT||Johannes IMMINGER|
CEEP set up a Water Task Force five years ago to better rise to the challenges put by the climage change but also by transversal EU policies developed within the framework of the achievement of the Internal Market.
The Task Force has been working proactively on positions and lobbying to EU decision-makers to defend policies consistent with the statement introducing the Water Framework Diretive : « Water is not a commercial product like any other but, rather, a heritage which must be protected, defended and treated as such. » That statement was strengthened in 2011 when the United Nations declared access to drinking water and sanitation to be a human right.
That means that water distribution and waste water management services cannot be run according to usual economic criteria. They should be regarded as services provided to the public, as services of general interest.
The Task Force is much involved in various groups and committees set up by the Commission to enhance the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and to promote innovation and improvements in water management. The Task Force is backing its representatives in those bodies by a.o. producing CEEP opinions on particular issues like priority substances, phosphorus, water pricing, etc.