The integrated management of water resources, sanitation, ensuring water resources and ways to finance projects for water supply in rural areas are the subjects on the agenda of the 11th meeting of the Working Group on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) under the EU Water Initiative (EUWI).
According to a release of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MMDD), the works, that are taking place in Bucharest over May 12 – 13, were opened by MMDD Secretary of State Lucia Ana Varga, acting as EECCA president in office.
This is the first of the two seminaries Romania has to organize after having taken over from the European Commission the two-year EECCA presidency at the meeting organised in Moscow on December 13, 2007.
The main task assumed by Romania is the promotion of the EU water management policy and mainly the enforcement of the principles of the Water Framework Directive in the countries included in this component.
Priority activities sustained this year by Romania during its term at the EECCA presidency will be those initiated by the European Commission; in 2009 Romania and the countries in the EECCA region will exchange experience in the line of water supply and sewage.
During its term, Romania is set to contribute to the development of dialogues referring to national water policies, promoting viable financing strategies for the water-waste water sector in the region.
'During its term of presidency Romania will constantly support EECCA countries in their approach to ensure potable water and sewage for the population and will facilitate the promotion of European principles in these countries,' said Lucia Ana Varga.
The EU Water Initiative was launched in 2002 and is mainly aimed at accomplishing the goals of the Millennium Declaration signed in Johannesburg, that include the halving down – by 2015 – of the number of people with no access or who cannot afford safe potable water or who have no access to sanitation and working out national plans for the management of water resources by 2015.
EUWI has five components addressing the following regions or activity areas: 1. Africa 2. the Mediterranean Area 3. Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, 4. Latin America and 5. investments in water infrastructure.
The Working Group on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) is a partnership established with a view to improving the management of water resources and includes 12 countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) with a total population of about 281 million.