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1 Aqua Publica Europea 04 December 2014 Outlook from the European Commission on the implementation of Art. 9 WFD: state of art and future actions Lukasz Latala DG ENV C1, Water European Commission

2 WFD, Art 9 - Water pricing principle of recovery of the costs of water services, including environmental and resource costs, polluter pays principle provision of adequate incentives for users to use water resources efficiently adequate contribution of the different water uses to the recovery of the costs of water services (The ruling of 11 September 2014 on water services case) https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/6d359e2f-e215-46d b264dd854a/4%20-%20LTT%20C%20525%20DE%20services.doc https://circabc.europa.eu/sd/a/6d359e2f-e215-46d b264dd854a/4%20-%20LTT%20C%20525%20DE%20services.doc Take account of social, environmental and economic effects of the recovery as well as the geographic and climatic conditions

3 Water pricing implementation pricing schemes in Europe often fail to combine the objectives of efficiency (marginal social cost pricing), fairness (polluter/user pays principle, removal of harmful subsidies) and do not allow a sustainable degree of cost recovery for the financing of the measures (differences in agriculture, households and industry) Lack of fulfilled preconditions to incentive pricing: metering, limitation of illegal abstraction Lack of transparency

4 How COM challenge the implementation of Art 9 The 3rd Water Framework Directive Implementation report – MS Annexes ion/map_mc/map.htm– ion/map_mc/map.htm Bilateral meetings – has progress been made? Possible legal action

5 How COM challenge the implementation of Art 9 EAC for TO6 for CF and ERDF (households, industry) - transparent economic analysis, - cost recovery and incentive pricing EAC for RD priority 5(a) water efficiency measures in agriculture (EARDF) - cost recovery and incentive pricing CIS guidance on ERC assessment

6 Regulatory instruments EU Ecolabel criteria Taps and showers; toilets and urinals - published in 2013 EU GPP (green public procurement) criteria Taps and showers; toilets and urinals - published in 2013 Ecodesign Taps and showers - preparatory study is on-going Toilets and urinals - preparatory study is put on hold to evaluate take-up and impacts of recently adopted Ecolabel criteria

7 Related policies fostering metering take up through the enhanced use of GMES (Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security) mapping to support Member States in monitoring water abstraction Work on water accounts, WEI+, environmental flows – tools to use economic tools (licencing, water rights…) Policy document on sustainable level of leakage (SELL) European Innovation Partnership in Water Financing studies to facilitate uptake of economic instruments – EPI Water project: EPI-WATER Guidance on the design and development of EPI in EU water policy

8 Thank you Lukasz Latala DG ENV C1, Water European Commission


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