International Steering Committee
It gives me great pleasure to welcome all you to the 9th IWA Eastern European Conference in Budapest, Hungary. As the new Chair of the IWA YWPs Steering Committee, I would like to invite all of you this year to give an overview about EU transboundary water projects in the European Union. The importance of the water sector has been reflected in the EU’s environment and development policies such as the Water Framework Directive. This requires the Member States to achieve “good ecological status” for all river basin bodies of water.
But water stress affects one third of the entire EU territory all year round and the frequency and intensity of droughts and their environmental and economic damages appear to have increased over the past thirty years. Water scarcity is expected to affect in 2030 about half of the EU river basin, threatening not only the Eastern Europe and the Balkans but also the Western Europe.
Against projected population growth, economic development and climate change, preventing deterioration in the status of our United European waters are a priority. Water projects are therefore key drivers to support environmental protection and sustainable communities.
Let’s meet together in the beautiful city of Budapest to learn about new exciting projects which will contribute to the vision of a United Europe and see how much progress has been made in water protection in Europe.
I personally look forward to meeting many interesting YWPs, exchange ideas in a pleasant setting of one of the “World Heritage Sites” of Europe, create new possibilities for networking and cooperation in the future, and of course visit wonderful places of the fascinating City of Budapest.