European Economic and Social Committee Unveils the EU Blue Deal Action Plan
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has unveiled its plan for a comprehensive EU water strategy, the first European institution to take measures to combat the water crisis. Called the EU Blue Deal, the declaration includes 15 guiding principles and 21 concrete actions to make it a reality. The deal incorporates water consumption labels, a Blue Transition Fund, water conditionality in EU fund, and a dedicated EU Commissioner for water.
Of the 21 actions, two actions under to be implemented as a matter of urgency include reuse:
Action 9: Incentives should be put in place for a transition to a circular water economy and supporting water reuse for all types of users. Replacing the use of drinking water with non-conventional water sources should become the norm where possible; and
Action 13: EU agricultural and industrial policies must integrate measures fostering the reduction, reuse and recycling of water and the reduction of water pollution, through the adoption of good practices, training and new technological solutions, for a water smart society.