EUROPEAN BLUE DEAL
The most holistic strategy for water in the European Union
About FPP CEE water committee
The Water Committee (FPP CEE Water Committee) is the first initiative in Poland consisting of businesses and industry organizations aiming to participate in the EU's future water strategy efforts.
The creation of this committee is a response to the so-called “Blue Deal,” an initiative of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched in light of the increasing water availability issues in Europe.
Following debates and expert analyses, in February 2023, the EESC commenced work on comprehensive regulations for water management within the EU. The proposed opinions will be presented in October of the same year, alongside the announcement of the establishment of the “EU Blue Deal” initiative, which will complement the already implemented “Green Deal.” The outcome will be a call for the European Commission to prioritize water in European-wide actions and consider the water management sector a strategic priority during the programming period from 2028 to 2034.
The goals of the FPP Water Committee are as follows:
Prepare Poland, including Polish entrepreneurs, for the new regulations and actively participate in shaping the EU water strategy.
Influence the future shape of the “EU Blue Deal” particularly the legislative solutions related to water resource management, and promote the EESC initiative.
Engage entities from various backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, scientists, state institutions, European-based associations, and international partners.
The FPP CEE Water Committee is an open initiative, welcoming participation from companies in the water and construction sectors, businesses for which water is a significant production element, such as the agri-food industry, as well as institutions, NGOs, organizations, and industry associations.
Members of the Committee:
THE eU blue deal
The European Economic and Social Committee introduced the EU Blue Deal, a comprehensive water strategy for the EU, with strong endorsement and urgency expressed by the Federation of Polish Entrepreneurs.
The EU Blue Deal is the EESC’s flagship initiative for 2023. The EESC calls for a comprehensive European water-smart strategy to be developed in close collaboration with civil society organizations. This strategy aims to address the multifaceted challenges of water scarcity and pave the way for sustainable resource management across all sectors and regions.
In response to the pressing challenges posed by scarce water resources, pollution, aging infrastructure, climate change, as well as a fragmented approach to water policies at EU level, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is leading the way with a comprehensive set of recommendations for a sustainable water policy for Europe. Its Blue Deal initiative calls for a unified approach across the European Union in order to eradicate water poverty and ensure that all EU citizens have access to safe and affordable water and sanitation as a human right.
Given the current and future water challenges the world and our continent are facing, the EESC, as the voice of Europe’s organised civil society, strongly believes that Europe needs an ambitious, comprehensive and forward-looking common approach to water policies. A change of scale is needed at EU level. This is why the EESC has selected water as its cross-cutting initiative in 2023 and will call on the other institutions of the European Union to join efforts and make the EU Blue Deal a key priority for the next legislative mandate.
The October EESC Plenary session marks the culmination of the EESC’s work with its call for an EU Blue Deal, and the adoption of a Declaration on the topic to establish water as one of the strategic priorities for the European Union in the next years to come.
The high-level conference “Call for an EU Blue Deal” on 26 October is an opportunity to present this work and to exchange with top level representatives of other EU institutions, water experts and key stakeholders on the most pressing water-related challenges now and in the years to come, and on the state of play regarding existing policies and actions in order to highlight the gap and show that it is high time for an EU Blue Deal.
The conference is structured around three panels to address the following thematics:
- Securing access to water and resilient water infrastructures
- Sustainable consumption of water and fostering new opportunities
- Blue Deal financing and Blue Diplomacy