About: water quality

Agrifood 22-10-2018

A watertight CAP

The European Commission needs to deliver an agricultural policy that does not reward agricultural pollution, write Claudia Castell-Exner and Arjen Frentz from Europe's drinking water and wastewater service operators (EurEau).

Leaky drinking water rules tightened by EU

The European Commission revealed on Thursday (1 February) how it plans to update drinking water rules, with the goal of improving human health, reducing emissions and tackling plastic waste high on the list of priorities.
Agrifood 11-10-2017

Commission tells member states to improve sustainability of pesticide use

The European Commission said on Tuesday (10 October) that member states must do more to ensure pesticides are used sustainably to avoid putting human or environmental health at risk.

EU auditors praise water quality efforts in new member states

European Union funding has been well spent on improving drinking water quality by Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. But a funding gap could undermine progress made so far.
Health 09-08-2016

Water industry: Light criteria on endocrine disruptors benefit polluters

A less strict approach on defining endocrine disruptors will help industries producing such substances “pollute and not pay”, the association representing Europe's water sector (EurEau) told EURACTIV.com.
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Climate change 07-06-2016

Water reuse: mitigating water scarcity

Europe needs to establish EU-wide common minimum quality standards for water reuse that protect both people’s health and the environment. Water operators  are working with the European institutions and Member States to bring in water reuse legislation.
Health 20-05-2016

Waste water: A world under your feet

Removing waste water is a vital service which protects public health and the water environment. The Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive has been one of the EU’s success stories of the last 25 years, writes Jean Pierre Silan.
Health 12-05-2016

EU must guarantee the safety of materials and products in contact with drinking water

Materials that come into contact with drinking water must be fit for purpose. A common, EU-wide approach is needed to protect health and break down barriers to the single market, writes Claudia Castell-Exner.
Climate change 11-05-2016

Commission warns Denmark over new agriculture package

The European Commission has sent a letter to the Danish government expressing concern that its new agriculture package is in breach of three environmental directives.
Climate change 02-05-2016

Commission takes Germany to task over water pollution

Brussels has announced that it will prosecute Germany in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to take effective measures against water pollution caused by nitrates. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 13-04-2016

Air pollution and climate change top French environmental concerns

The French General Commission on Sustainable Development (CGDD) has published its annual study on France’s environmental concerns. Air quality has become a more prominent issue than ever before. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Regional Policy 05-04-2016

Southern regions found lacking in new Commission index

Publication of the EU’s social progress index (SPI) has shown that many areas of the bloc still have work to do at a regional level. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Brussels gets tough on energy efficiency

The European Commission announced seven new infringement decisions against member states on Thursday (19 November). France has been penalised for its failings in energy efficiency and the treatment of radioactive waste. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports