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Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, October II 2018

The highlights of the October II plenary session were the debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October 2018 and the presentation of the European Commission’s 2019 work programme, the last of the current legislature. Parliament also held debates on the use of Facebook users’ data by Cambridge Analytica and its impact on data protection, and the Cum-Ex trading scandal. Continue reading

Tables rondes à Niamey : Numérique, eau et agriculture, et énergies renouvelables

Le Président du Parlement européen se rendra au Niger les 17 et 18 juillet. Une nouveauté totale pour ce genre de déplacement : il a tenu à ce que sa visite comporte un important volet dédié à la recherche et que s’engagent un dialogue et une réflexion sur les expériences de l’Europe, les expériences du Niger, les enjeux et les défis communs, les réponses possibles. Autour de trois tables-rondes, les chercheurs et experts de haut niveau d’Europe et d’Afrique vont échanger leurs expériences sur la transformation numérique, l’agriculture et la gestion de l’eau, et les énergies renouvelables. Continue reading

Water use in the EU

Written by Dessislava Yougova and Eulalia Claros Water stress is steadily increasing, as a result either of droughts – a temporary decline in water resources due to low rainfall – or situations of water scarcity, where demand exceeds the level of sustainable use. Assessment of the global use of water resources is hampered by the … Continue reading

Water: An increasingly scarce resource

Written by Marc Hall, Water is a vital resource underpinning all economic activity. On 19-20 April 2016, the Global Water Summit takes place, a meeting aimed at bringing together representatives from business, utilities and government to discuss challenges in the provision of water. According to the Summit organisers, water is intrinsically connected to the economy, … Continue reading

Water in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Written by Elena Lazarou The Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza is one of the fastest growing in the world and its demand for water is increasing. Access and distribution of water in these territories has been an issue within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1967. In 1995, the Oslo II … Continue reading

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. The assessment made of existing water legislation confirms that there are still implementation gaps and areas of poor performance. … Continue reading

Our natural resources: focus on water

Written by Didier Bourguignon Green Week, the annual conference on European environment policy, takes place from 3 to 5 June 2015. This year’s edition, labelled ‘Nature – our health, our wealth’, has nature, biodiversity and natural resources as its main themes. The European Commission plans to carry out a major review of European Union legislation on nature in 2016, … Continue reading

Water for agriculture

Written by Ana Martinez Juan Water is crucial for life on earth and a determining production factor in agriculture. It is also one of the public goods associated with agriculture. Water must be managed effectively and sustainably; this will make it possible to preserve ecosystems and to ensure sufficient quality and quantity for human needs. … Continue reading

European Development Fund – Joint development cooperation and the EU budget: out or in?

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso As a major international actor in development cooperation, the EU has in the European Development Fund (EDF) its largest geographic instrument in this policy area, with €30.5 billion allocated to the 11th EDF for 2014-20. In recent years, around 30% of total EU spending on external assistance, including spending on both development and other categories, … Continue reading

Sustainable management of natural resources

Will we be able to feed the world if our population reaches 10 billion people? UN population projections suggest that the population will reach ten billion between 2050 and 2100. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has estimated that food production has to rise 60% over the next 40 years to feed a growing population … Continue reading

Topics and links – April 2014

Update: This post is available in all official EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. How can I vote in the upcoming European elections? What can the European Parliament do about the current summer-time arrangement? How does the Parliament protect animal welfare? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can … Continue reading

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region: two years on

Two years after the launching of EU Strategy for the Danube Region, the European Commission has released the first progress report. The report provides information on the achievements so far for the 4 pillars and the 11 priority areas: Connecting the Danube Region, Protecting the Environment, Building Prosperity and Strengthening the Danube Region. It includes … Continue reading

Right2Water – impact of the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative

Written by Gregor Erbach Updated 21 May 2015 ‘Water is a human right’ is the slogan of the first-ever European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) that was submitted to the European Commission in December 2013. The ECI received more than 1.6 million officially validated signatures from EU citizens. The ECI aims to guarantee universal access to water … Continue reading

Transboundary water management: The Rogun Dam in Tajikistan

In more than 260 transboundary watercourses around the world, the closely linked issues of energy, water and agriculture cause difficulties. Tensions between energy-starved Tajikistan and cotton-producing Uzbekistan over the planned Rogun hydro-electric dam illustrate the continuing ‘water versus energy’ debate. At the same time, the scarcity of water resources in Central Asia is often caused … Continue reading

Vers une utilisation intelligente et durable de l’eau dans l’agriculture européenne

L’agriculture est une grande consommatrice d’eau: plus d’un tiers de la consommation d’eau en Europe est lié à l’agriculture. Les agriculteurs sont conscients qu’il est important de trouver de nouvelles pratiques face aux défis  du changement climatique et  d’utiliser et réutiliser l’eau efficacement et durablement. L’introduction de nouvelles technologies liées à l’eau devrait les aider … Continue reading

Water Equity in tourism

In theory… Article 31 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.” In practice… Some 884 million … Continue reading

Water scarcity in least developed countries

Lack of water, an essential life resource, is expected to affect one-third of the population worldwide by 2025. Today, 1.2 billion people live in areas of scarcity, while 1.6 billion face water shortages due to economic problems. The more society grows, both in terms of population and urbanisation, the greater the need for water, causing … Continue reading

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