European Water Association
The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation promoting the sustainable and improved manage-ment of the total water cycle and hence the environment as a whole. It is one of the major professional associations in Europe that covers the whole water cycle, wastewater as well as drinking water and water and wastewater treatment related wastes. With member associations from nearly all European Countries, EWA includes most of the current European Union Member States as well as Nor-way and Switzerland. Today, EWA consists of 25 European leading professional organisations in their respective countries, each representing professionals and tech-nicians for wastewater and water utilities, academics, consultants and contractors as well as a growing number of corporate member firms and enterprises. EWA thus represents about 50,000 professional individuals working in the broad field of water and environmental management.
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The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental and non-profit making organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment. It was founded on 22 June 1981 as the European Water Pollution Control Association. The scope of the Association was enlarged in 1999 with the change of name to the European Water Association.
It is one of the major professional associations in Europe that covers the whole water sector, wastewater as well as drinking water and water related waste. With member associations from nearly all European countries EWA consists of most European Union Member States, including all countries from Central and Eastern Europe which joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. Other European countries represented within the EWA are Croatia, Russia, Serbia, Norway, and Switzerland.
The aim of EWA is to provide a forum for the discussion of key technical and policy issues affecting the growing European region. This is done through conferences, workshops, meetings and special working groups of experts all organised on an international basis together with regular publications.
EWA informs its members on the development of EU legislation and standardisation and seeks to influence the drafting when appropriate. It has close contacts with the European Commission (DG Environment), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Parliament.
Through this exchange of knowledge the objective of EWA is to contribute to sustainable water management, a Safe water supply and the protection of the water and soilenvironment.
Today, EWA consists today of about 25 European national associations each representing professionals and technicians for wastewater and water utilities, academics, consultants and contractors as well as a growing number of corporate member firms and enterprises. EWA thus represents about 55,000 professional individuals working in the broad field of water management.
The organisation was founded on 22 June 1981 within the framework of the International Trade Fair for Wastewater and Waste Disposal (IFAT) in Munich, Germany.
As a major and influential European organisation representing water professionals through their National Associations, EWA promotes the sustainable management of the total water cycle for Society’s needs coupled with excellent service provided by informed and expert people.
The European Water Association was formally established in 1981 under the name of European Water Pollution Control Association – EWPCA . At the beginning, the membership of EWA was formed by professional organizations from countries like Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Portugal and Scandinavia.
The situation completely changed after 1990. The professional organizations in central and eastern European countries, either the already existing or newly established, became independent from the government, which gave them more freedom in their activities on the one hand, however on the other hand this brought about problems with financing. The new situation in the 1990s opened also new fields for the cooperation of professional organizations in Europe.
The need for the cooperation was strengthened by the fact that most of the central and eastern European countries were preparing for joining the European Union which happened in a first step in 2004 and the next step (Bulgaria, Romania) took place in 2007.
In the next stage, countries such as Croatia or Serbia and Montenegro will certainly enter the EU. In this process, the role of the EWA was and still is to prepare the national professional organizations to work in conditions common in the EU, especially as far as the adoption of acquis communautaire is concerned.