This article was published under the 2015-2020 European Committee of the Regions mandate.
Water management is a capital-intensive policy area in which major investments are made, and these investments will only increase. We need to have a comprehensive approach by including all related policy areas such as agriculture, energy, economy, health… This would reduce possible disinvestment, and create new opportunities and grounds for innovation. The challenge lies in making sensible decisions that do justice to what we wish to preserve now, but that also provide sufficient scope for tackling uncertain future challenges, in order to manage water, the source of life.
14 February Retema article on the opinion.
13 February Efeverde reports on European cities and regions call for action program for innovation in the water sector.
8 February Cees Loggen’s opinion has been adopted unanimously at the CoR plenary.
28 September, 2016 the rapporteur on the opinion, Mr Cees LOGGEN (NL/ALDE), Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Noord-Holland, invited representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topics of his report. The Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU has taken the issue of water as a ‘national topic’ priority.