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Friday, 23 March 2012

Europeans think EU should better address water problems

According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, around the 75% of Europeans think that the EU should propose additional measures to address water problems in Europe. Likewise, some 62 % of citizens also feel they are not sufficiently well informed, while 67 % think the most effective means of reducing water-related problems would be awareness-raising about this issue.
European Commissioner Janez Potocnik stresses that the EU has been working for years to improve water quality and gave some examples, such as the fact that “many more towns and cities have proper treatment of their waste water” or “[s]pecies like salmon have reappeared in a number of European rivers where they were no longer found”. However, Ms Potocnik  recognises that “droughts and floods are becoming more common, and Europe's waters are under increasing pressure from challenges such as pollution and climate change”.
In accordance to the results, the European Commissioner  concludes: “Citizens realise this and they are asking the EU to respond. These results are an important input to the coming Blueprint to Safeguard European Waters."

Source: European Commission