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The Environment Committee of the European Parliament adopted yesterday the report by MEP Simona Bonafè on the Regulation proposal on minimum requirements for water reuse

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament adopted yesterday the report by MEP Simona Bonafè (Italian Member of the Socialists and democrats Group) on the Regulation proposal on minimum requirements for water reuse. A final version of the report will become available in the coming days, in the meantime you may find the draft report here.

 

The report defines minimum quality standards for reclaimed water to be used in agricultural irrigation and established obligations for operators of water reclamation plants. Contrary to the Commission Proposal, the Parliament seeks to expand the applications of reused water to other applications such as irrigation of parks, golf courses and for industrial uses. With this proposal the Parliament seeks to improve the potential of water reuse to 6.6 billion cubic meters by 2025, compared to the current 1.1 cubic meters per year.

 

Next steps

  • 11 February: the report will be voted in the European Parliament plenary session
  • 5 March: the Environment Council (Ministers) will hold a policy debate on the file
  • 26 June: the Environment Council is expected to conclude its general approach for negotiations
  • Interinstitutional negotiations should start in the autumn of 2019