The European Commission has released its Water Blueprint, a new EU strategy on the use of water resources. The Blueprint aims to make water use sustainable in the EU, and has been designed in response to an increasing pressure to provide good quality water for human needs, economic activities and the environment. It is closely aligned to the EU’s 2020 strategy, and, in particular, the 2011 Resource Efficiency Roadmap.
The European Commission proposed on 14 May 2012 a new European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. The partnership will bring together all relevant actors across borders and sectors to accelerate the development and uptake of innovative solutions to address water challenges. The partnership will gather all relevant stakeholders, such as the water sector, small and medium sized enterprises, the research community, local governments, water-using industries, and the financial sector. It will focus on urban, rural and industrial water management, and several cross cutting themes.