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The Urban Water System in 2050: implications for the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

30 March 2021 14:00 – 16:00
online event

The Urban Waste Water Directive has strongly influenced water policy over the past 30 years. With this session, organised by VLEVA and Minaraad, we want to take stock of the achievements of this policy and try to look 30 years ahead. Starting from a debate on what kind of urban water systems we need in 2050, we will derive necessary changes, topics, points of attention, ... that are to be addressed in the revision.

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The Urban Water System in 2050: implications for the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

Background: The European Commission has launched the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive by publishing its roadmap in 2020. The revision of the Directive is planned to address those areas of improvement that were identified in the evaluation and to align the directive with the strategic ambitions of the von der Leyen Commission outlined in the European Green Deal. This session is linked to the planned public consultation (expected in Q1 2021). 

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  • March 30th, 14.00 h.- 16.00 h. 
  • Online event
  • All presentations will be in English 


14.00- 14.05: Introductie - Celeste Wezenbeek, VLEVA

14.05- 14.25: Revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive- Nele-Frederike Rosenstock, DG Environment (European Commission) 

14.25-14.45: 30 years UWWTD : a road travelled, a new road to take towards the destination - Steven Van Den Broeck, Vlaams Milieumaatschappij 

14.45- 15.15: Challenging our thinking: where do we want to stand in 2050, and what kind of directive is needed to get there? Three speakers will outline their vision of the urban water system in 2050, each from a different background ( academic, water treatment company, municipality), and set out some implications for the directive. 

  • Prof. dr. ir. Korneel Rabaey, UGent 
  • Marjolein Weemaes, Aquafin 
  • Stijn Van Herck, Ir. At the city of Leuven

15.15-15.45: Paneldiscussie (met vragen uit het publiek) 

  • Bovenstaande sprekers
  • Bernard De Potter, CIW
  • Moderator Jan Verheeke, Minaraad

15.45-15.55: Reflection on the session and explain how the policy-making continues- Tom De Vits, Kabinet Minister Demir

15.55-16.00: Slot - Jan Verheeke 

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