Water Europe

Annual Report
2022-2023

A special year for water, a new period for us

“A lot has been changing around us, and one of them is the position of water on the political agenda. It gets steadily higher! Fuelled by excitement for our new vision’s launch and the new period ahead of us, we are happy to report that we have consistently and tangibly contributed to getting water visible and at the centre of every discussion over the last 12 months. How have we done this?

Since June 2022, we worked hard to finalise the update of our Water Europe vision ‘The Value of Water – Towards a Water-Smart Society’, which we formally presented at the UN Water Conference, the first in 46 years. Our participation was very successful, with five well-attended side events and all our Water Europe ambassadors and members present and ready to collaborate and create new synergies.

With the next European elections in June 2024, we now have one year to build on the synergies and impact created during the UN Water Conference and go a step further in our effort to get water higher up on the agenda for the next European Commission. Our upcoming Water Innovation Europe conference promises to provide important insights into achieving this goal.

No matter how many results Water Europe has delivered through all its programmes and pillars within a year, the goal to raise the profile of water and build a Water-Smart Society, is something we cannot do alone. It’s only through partnerships and diversity that we can reach these goals in a speedy way.”

Durk Krol

Water Europe Executive Director

“A lot has been changing around us, and one of them is the position of water on the political agenda. It gets steadily higher! Fuelled by excitement for our new vision’s launch and the new period ahead of us, we are happy to report that we have consistently and tangibly contributed to getting water visible and at the centre of every discussion over the last 12 months. How have we done this?

Since June 2022, we worked hard to finalise the update of our Water Europe vision ‘The Value of Water – Towards a Water-Smart Society’, which we formally presented at the UN Water Conference, the first in 46 years. Our participation was very successful, with five well-attended side events and all our Water Europe ambassadors and members present and ready to collaborate and create new synergies.

With the next European elections in June 2024, we now have one year to build on the synergies and impact created during the UN Water Conference and go a step further in our effort to get water higher up on the agenda for the next European Commission. Our upcoming Water Innovation Europe conference promises to provide important insights into achieving this goal.

No matter how many results Water Europe has delivered through all its programmes and pillars within a year, the goal to raise the profile of water and build a Water-Smart Society, is something we cannot do alone. It’s only through partnerships and diversity that we can reach these goals in a speedy way.”

Hans Goossens

Water Europe President