11/30/2011, Brussels

Presentation of the "Profile of the German Water Sector 2011" in Brussels:

German water sector discusses new European water strategy with EU top representatives

The associations publishing the "Profile of the German Water Sector" (ATT, BDEW, DBVW, DVGW and VKU) are prepared to enter into a European dialogue. On the occasion of the presentation of the "Profile of the German Water Sector 2011", representatives of the German water sector yesterday invited experts of the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament to an expert forum held at the Brussels EU representation of Lower Saxony (German Land). Under the title "Blueprint 2012 - a 'Fitness check' from the German perspective", politicians and representatives of the water sector had a lively discussion about the planned new EU water strategy.

"The sector Profile is the most important publication of the German water sector. It is only consistent to introduce the experience gained and the results obtained in this sector into a dialogue about the European water strategy 'Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Waters'". This was emphasised during the forum by the associations that published the "Profile". The German water sector welcomes the "Blueprint" and the European Commission's preparatory evaluation process ("fitness check") as an important prerequisite for the further development of European water policy. The associations underlined that the long-term protection and sustainable utilisation of European water bodies were still a great challenge and could only be successful if relevant political fields, such as agricultural policy or the Chemicals Directive (REACH) were consistently brought in line with water management concerns. Furthermore, the large regional differences within Europe had to be taken into consideration for combating water shortage and droughts. The German water sector considers that a refinement of the European water policy by the 'Blueprint' can only be successful if the different natural and infrastructural conditions are adequately taken into account.

The representatives of the European institutions acknowledged the German water sector's role model function in Europe. They confirmed that there was no generalised solution, e.g. for combating water shortage and droughts. The EU representatives considered the reduction of pollutants at the source of introduction to be a main field of action. Finally, they invited the German water sector to continue to actively participate in the dialogue.

By means of the "Profile of the German Water Sector 2011" the publishing associations have provided for the third time a comprehensive picture of water supply and wastewater disposal services in Germany. The report, unique throughout Europe, illustrates the level of performance and the economic efficiency of the water sector. It thus enables the German water sector’s performance to be assessed by politicians and the public.

The 'Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Waters' will define the framework for the new European water policy in 2012 and thus determine the national water policy of the Member States.

Press contact data of the participating associations

Association of Drinking Water from Reservoirs (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Trinkwassertalsperren e.V. - ATT)
Prof. Dr. Lothar Scheuer, phone: +49 2261 36-210,
lothar.scheuer@aggerverband.de, www.trinkwassertalsperren.de

German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW)
Frank Brachvogel, phone: +49 30 300 199-1160,
presse@bdew.de, www.bdew.de

German Alliance of Water Management Associations (Deutscher Bund verbandlicher Wasserwirtschaft e.V. - DBVW)
Dipl.-Ing. Dörte Burg, phone: +49 511 87966-0,
post@wasserverbandstag.de, www.dbvw.de

German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches e.V. - DVGW)
Daniel Wosnitzka, phone: +49 30 79 47 36-64,
presse@dvgw.de, www.dvgw.de

German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e.V. - DWA)
Dr. Frank Bringewski, phone: +49 2242 872-190,
bringewski@dwa.de, www.dwa.de

German Association of Local Utilities (Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. - VKU)
Carsten Wagner, phone: +49 30 58 58 02 20,
carsten.wagner@vku.de, www.vku.de


Jan Ulland
Pressesprecher / Press Spokesman