Mr. Ioan Deneş, Minister of Waters and Forests, presented today, the 21st of January 2019, the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council in the field of water management, with the occasion of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament, held in Brussels.
In his speech, the Minister of Waters and Forests assured that “Romania, as President of the EU Council, will support the efforts towards a strong and dynamic European Union, aiming to bring the decision-making process from Brussels closer to the citizens.”
Regarding water management, Minister Ioan Deneş stressed that “the advancement of the negotiations on the two legislative dossiers in this area is a priority during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. I say this because the Drinking Water Directive is the most important instrument for ensuring the quality of drinking water in the European Union. The original directive was adopted 20 years ago and this proposal aims at improving some important issues identified (…) such as updating quality parameters, introducing a risk-based approach to monitoring, harmonizing standards for materials in contact with water, improving access to water and informing the consumers. “
The Romanian dignitary assured the audience that “the Romanian Presidency is working hard on this dossier in order to advance the negotiations as much as possible. Since the beginning of January, we have already organized three Working Party Meetings and we are trying to find balanced solutions on the technical and also political aspects of the file“.
In his speech, Minister Ioan Deneş mentioned also the water shortage, a problem that affects one third of the European Union’s territory throughout the year, with harmful effects on the environment and the economy. “Waste water reuse offers an alternative solution to alleviate the pressure on water resources, but this has to be done in a safe and cost-effective way“, emphasized Minister Ioan Deneş.
In the context of Circular Economy, in May 2018, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation laying down minimum requirements for the re-use of irrigation water. “The Romanian Presidency aims to advance the negotiations on this dossier at the Council level. So, we are considering organizing a political debate at the Environment Council in March, and we would like to get a General Approach at the June Environment Council. We are also looking forward to the results of your work on this file“, said Minister Ioan Deneş.
At the end of his speech, Mr. Ioan Deneş, Minister of Waters and Forests, announced that Romania will organize a Ministerial Water Conference in Bucharest, on the 21st -22nd of May 2019, at the Palace of the Parliament.