On Tuesday, May 21, Minister of Waters and Forests Ioan Deneş delivered the welcome speech in the opening of the ministerial water conference on “The implementation status of the Water Directives: challenges and good practices”, which was hosted by the Bucharest Palace of the Parliament.
The event, which took place on May 21-22, was organised under the Romanian office as Council Presidency and brought together ministers, secretaries of state and representatives of the ministries for the environment in the EU Member States, of the European Commission, of environmental agencies across the EU, of the embassies, of water management agencies as well as representatives of the World Bank, of the Commission Representation in Romania, of WWF Romania, of the European Environmental Bureau and of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River.
Minister Ioan Deneș and Secretary of State for Water Adriana Petcu were also joined by the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella.
The first part of the conference, which dealt with the water and marine environment policy paper, was followed by detailed presentations focusing on the evaluations that followed the implementation of both the Water Framework Directive and of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive. The agenda included aspects of the EU water legislation, the evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, challenges and good practices in the implementation of the two directives.
“It is noteworthy that we have reached a turning point in the implementation of the EU policy on water and marine environment, as we must achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive by 2020 and we are at the stage of developing the last management plan required by the Water Framework Directive”, Ioan Deneş emphasised.
The Minister of Waters and Forests also recalled that important steps had been taken towards the implementation of the EU directives, but that the achievement of the objectives included therein required continued and greater efforts in order to implement the measures set out in the plan and the programmes designed for reaching a good water status or the good ecological status of the marine environment.
“In their speeches, the representatives of the Member States underlined that there was political support for new and complementary actions and approaches that would allow us to make the most of the potential of the current funding programmes. We believe that these two days will make a good opportunity to disseminate the experiences across the EU as well as to shape proposals for cooperation projects and programme”, Minister Ioan Deneş concluded.