WAREG host Kick-Off Workshop for Capacity-Building Project in the Western Balkans
WAREG is pleased to announce the successful kick-off workshop of the Capacity-Building Project in the Western Balkans. This initiative aims to assess the effectiveness and affordability of tariff-setting methodologies in covering drinking water and wastewater services costs in the region. The workshop, which took place on May 4 and 5, 2023, marked a significant milestone in enhancing the capacity of national water regulators in Albania, Montenegro, and North Macedonia.
As part of this project, senior officials from the national water regulators will benefit from targeted workshops and case studies designed to improve their tariff-setting competencies and support the implementation of the EU acquis on water. The focus will be on key principles of EU water legislation, including efficient cost recovery, universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, and data transparency.
WAREG, as a prominent platform for regional cooperation among water regulators, is dedicated to sharing best practices in the regulation sector. With the generous support of the CEI Fund at the EBRD, contributed by the Italian Government, this project underscores our commitment to fostering collaboration and driving positive change in the Western Balkans.
Tariffs play a vital role in ensuring the recovery of industrial costs for public utility services and promoting universal access to safe, affordable, and environmentally sustainable drinking water and sanitation services. Through this project, we aim to provide valuable experiences on the implementation of EU water legislation in specific countries, aligning with the goals set forth in EU Directives such as Directive 2000/60/EC of 23 October 2000 and Directive 2020/2184 of 16 December 2020. Additionally, the project emphasizes the regulator’s responsibilities in ensuring data transparency, an essential aspect of effective water management.
“We are delighted to support this important initiative, which will significantly enhance the capacity of water regulators in the Western Balkans and contribute to the implementation of EU water legislation,” stated Szilvia Szaloki, WAREG Vice-President in charge of capacity-building projects in the region. “The workshop is expected to be productive and successful, paving the way for enhanced water management practices in the Western Balkans.”
The kick-off workshop served as an invaluable platform for the exchange of ideas, expertise sharing, and the establishment of robust networks among participants. The dedication and enthusiasm displayed by all attendees reaffirmed the collective commitment to improving the water sector in the Western Balkans.
As the project progresses, WAREG remains steadfast in fostering regional cooperation, promoting sustainable practices, and empowering water regulators to address the challenges faced in the Western Balkans. Together, we can build a more resilient and inclusive water management system that ensures access to clean and safe water for all.
Stay updated with the latest developments on our website and social media channels as we continue our journey towards enhancing water management in the Western Balkans. We extend our sincere gratitude to all participants and partners for their valuable contributions and look forward to the continued success of this project.