The speakers of the 2nd Edition of EFRWS

PANEL 1 – GREEN DEAL & THE WATER SECTOR

The structure of the European water sector is largely influenced by the detailed European legislative framework concerning drinking water, urban wastewater collection and treatment, and sludge disposal and treatment. The European Parliament recently approved the recast Drinking Water Directive (DWD). This panel aims to analyze the potential impact of the DWD provisions from a regulatory perspective, as well as the possible approaches to its implementation in EU Member States, and more generally the role played by regulators in ensuring effective adoption of European legislation in the water sector. The European Commission has started an assessment process to review the current legislation on urban wastewater and sludge use, according to the new circular economy paradigm. Particular attention will be dedicated to the impact assessment of the Urban Water and Wastewater Treatment Directive and the Sewage Sludge Directive, and to some of the best approaches to their reform.

Kavanagh - Moderator - Panel 1 EFRWS 21

Karen Kavanagh

Moderator
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Michel Sponar - Speaker - Panel 1 EFRWS 21

Michel Sponar

Discussant
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Mayor - Speaker - Panel 1 EFRWS 21

Beatriz Mayor

Discussant
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Christian Minelli

Discussant
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Katchiev - EFRWS 2019 - Panel 4 Discussant

Ivaylo Kastchiev

Discussant
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Szilvia Szalóki at EFRWS 2019

Szilvia Szalòki

Discussant
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Giordano Colarullo

Discussant

Zac Alexander

Discussant
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Finnson - Discussant -Panel 1 EFRWS 2021

Anders Finnson

Discussant
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Van Der Kolk - Discussant - Panel 1 EFRWS 2021

Olaf Van der Kolk

Discussant
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Hospido - Disc - Panel 1 EFRWS 2021

Almudena Hospido

Discussant
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Panel 2 – ECONOMIC REGULATION FOR PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

This panel will focus on the green transition and the actions taken by regulators to improve circular economy‐ based activities in the water sector, such as energy saving, recovery of raw materials and energy production from sewage sludge, water reuse, reducing plastic consumption, and other related issues. In several European countries economic regulators have developed well-defined reward tools to incentivize utilities to offer products and services with positive environmental externalities, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This could lead to renewed water tariff policies, aimed at including tax items in the periodical water expenditure for households and businesses, to recover those costs that are not strictly related to the volumes of water sold.

Hugo Pacheco

Moderator
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Salvetti - Dis - Panel 2 EFRWS 21

Maria Salvetti

Discussant
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Giora Shaham

Discussant
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Danesi - DIS - Panel 2 EFRWS 21

Letizia Danesi

Discussant
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Mazzei - DIS - Panel 2 EFRWS 21

Alessandro Mazzei

Discussant
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Juliette Lassman

Discussant
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Giovannini - DIS - Panel 2 EFRWS 21

Silvia Giovannini

Discussant
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Symons - DIS - Panel 2 EFRWS 21

Kate Symons

Discussant
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Laurence Couldrick

Discussant
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Kim Augustine

Discussant
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Leonardi - DIS - Panel 2 EFRWS 21

Alessandro Leonardi

Discussant
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Panel 3 – ECONOMIC REGULATORY INCENTIVES FOR INNOVATION

This panel will be focused on innovation achieved by water companies through specific regulatory tools. According to literature and practical experience, utilities’ innovation can be directly promoted by means of funds collected through regulatory tariffs, or by means of derogations to existing rules in cases where utilities aim to renew their operations and strategies. However, innovation can also be stimulated indirectly through output-based regulation, whereby water regulatory authorities set targets for utilities to achieve specific results (for instance standard levels of water leakages).

Vera Eirò

Moderator
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Samir Traini

Discussant
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Claudia Castell-Exner at EFRWS 2019

Claudia Castell Exner

Discussant
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Horncastele - Dis- Panel 3 EFRWS 21

Alan Horncastle

Discussant
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Durk Krol

Discussant
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Francesco Fatone

Discussant
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Ewan McAdam

Discussant

Harry Armstrong

Discussant
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Adam Wilson

Discussant
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Károly Kovács

Discussant
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Petta - DIS - Panel 3 Efrws 21

Luigi Petta

Discussant
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PANEL 4 – WATER CHALLENGES IN THE BALKANS

This panel will focus on some of the main challenges, achievements and urgent needs in the water and wastewater sector in EU Candidate Countries, and the role of national regulators in implementing the EU legislative acquis on water. The regulators of some of these Countries are Members of WAREG, the European Association of water and wastewater Regulatory Authorities.

Ndricim Shani

Moderator
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Walter Kling

Moderator
Georgi - Dis - Panel 4 EFRWS 21

Georgi Hristov

Discussant
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Elisabeta Poci

Discussant
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Weller - DIS - Panel 4 EFRWS 21

Philip Weller

Discussant
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Madalina Ivanica

Discussant
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Guillemette Vachey

Discussant
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PLENARY SESSION

In this session the main points raised in each of the 4 thematic panels will be outlined by the moderators and openly discussed in a roundtable and final conclusions will be drawn.

Nadia Weekes - EFRWS 2019 - Final

Nadia Weekes

Moderator
Kavanagh - Moderator - Panel 1 EFRWS 21

Karen Kavanagh

Moderator Panel 1
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Hugo Pacheco

Moderator Panel 2
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Vera Eirò

Moderator Panel 3

Ndricim Shani

Moderator Panel 4

Walter Kling

Moderator Panel 4

FINAL REMARKS & CONCLUSIONS

Veronica Manfredi


Andrea Guerrini

Andrea Guerrini

WAREG President and ARERA Board Member
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