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Water Legislation : Cost of Non-Europe Report

Written by Thomas Zandstra, Infographic by Eulalia Claros

This ‘Cost of Non-Europe’ study examines the state of implementation of current EU Water Legislation and identifies the cost of the lack of further European action in this field.

Water legislation: Cost of Non-Europe Report

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The assessment made of existing water legislation confirms that there are still implementation gaps and areas of poor performance. The subsequent examination of five case studies, where it was believed that a significant potential exists for further EU action, served to demonstrate that there are several barriers which hinder the achievement of the goals set in the legislation. More European action would accordingly be necessary to limit the impact on Europe’s water quality of flooding or of pharmaceutical residues. To limit the use of fresh water more generally, there is a need for European coordination to increase the use of water-efficient equipment and water-metering.

This research makes a cautious estimate that the benefits of full implementation of existing legislation could reach 2.8 billion euro per year. The study also demonstrates that further European action in this field could provide further added value, representing a ‘cost of non-Europe’ of some 25 billion euro per year.

Read this Study on Water Legislation : Cost of Non-Europe in PDF
Consult also this Infographic on Potential benefits of EU water legislation

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The European Parliament's European Added Value Unit provides European Added Value Assessments and Cost of Non-Europe Reports which analyze policy areas where common action at EU level is absent but could bring greater efficiency and a public good for European citizens.

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2 thoughts on “Water Legislation : Cost of Non-Europe Report

  1. Why do we need water metering? We can’t get rid of the stuff fast enough! Another bonkers EU one glove fits all policy

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    Posted by Joe Thorpe (@JoeThorpe1963) | June 17, 2015, 20:45

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