The “Blueprint” outlines actions that concentrate on better implementation of current water legislation, integration of water policy objectives into other policies, and filling the gaps in particular as regards water quantity and efficiency. The objective is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good quality water is available for people’s needs, the economy and the environment throughout the EU.
The Water Blueprint’s time horizon is closely related to the EU’s 2020 Strategy and, in particular, to the 2011 Resource Efficiency Roadmap, of which the Blueprint is the water milestone. However, the analysis underpinning the Blueprint covers a longer time span, up to 2050, and is expected to drive EU water policy over the long term.
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The Communication and reports adopted by the Commission, alongside a variety of supporting background documents can be found here.
The blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water resources - Communication from the Commission (COM(2012)673
Impact Assessment SWD(2012)381 Executive summary
Impact assessment SWD(2012)382 Part1
Impact assessment SWD(2012)382 Part 2
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