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1 februari 2018
European Commission presents proposal for revision of the Drinking Water Directive

​​Dutch European Commissioner Frans Timmermans, together with his colleague Karmenu Vella (Environment) today presented a proposal for the revision of Council Directive 98/83/EC "on the quality of water intended for human consumption", also known as the Drinking Water Directive.

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22 januari 2018
Vewin stresses importance of pan-European approach to pharmaceuticals in water

Vewin has issued a response to the European Commission's "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment", stressing the importance of transnational action.

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19 januari 2018
European Commissioner Vella announces review of procedures for the assessment of new substances

European Commissioner Karmenu Vella has responded to written questions submitted by Dutch MEP Annie Schreijer-Pierik regarding emissions of perfluorooctanoic acid and GenX. Mrs Schreijer-Pierik is concerned about the circumstances surrounding such emissions and has called for clearer regulations and greater transparency. Drinking water companies continue to detect substances close to their intake points...

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7 december 2017
The quality of Dutch drinking water is ‘excellent’

​In its report The Quality of Drinking Water in the Netherlands 2016, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) examines whether the drinking water that is supplied complies with all current norms.

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4 december 2017
Questions in European Parliament about European strategy to tackle pharmaceuticals in water

When is the European Commission to announce a strategic approach to tackle water contamination by pharmaceutical products? This was the question asked by Dutch MEP Annie Schreijer-Pierik, spokesperson on water and environment, this week. Member states, producers, consumers and other stakeholders have been waiting for such a strategy for several years, she asserted.

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28 november 2017
Glyphosate licence extended by five years; Vewin calls for additional protective measures

On Monday 27 November, the member states of the European Union voted to extend the licence of the herbicide glyphosate for a further five years. Eighteen countries, including the Netherlands, voted in favour of the motion tabled by the European Commission, while nine countries voted against

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1 juni 2017
Survey of groundwater quality confirms importance of protective measures

A national survey of the quality of groundwater, both deep and shallow, has revealed the presence of herbicides, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other contaminants in some 75% of samples. Practically all shallow groundwater is affected.

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14 september 2016
Water awareness new category for Water Innovation Award

The Unie van Waterschappen (the association of Dutch regional water authorities) organises the Water Innovation Award (in Dutch: Waterinnovatieprijs) on an annual basis. This award focuses on innovative ideas and ground-breaking initiatives in the area of water authority work. This year, innovations can be submitted for the first time in the Water Awareness category. Water awareness amongst Dutch people...

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14 juli 2016
European drinking water producers argue at the European Commission for better protection of surface water

The protection of surface water sources is of vital importance for the supply of clean and safe drinking water for our generation and for future generations. Drinking water companies aim at offering this, but require robust EU legislation to protect natural resources and to ensure that the Water Framework Directive is actually implemented. EurEau, the voice of Europe's drinking water and waste water...

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7 juli 2016
More measures needed for fewer pesticides in surface water

In the recently published edition of Waterspiegel, member of the House of Representatives Rik Grashoff (GroenLinks) tells us that he represents "nature inclusive agriculture"; taking into account the preconditions and opportunities for the environment, animal welfare, nature and the landscape with regard to all aspects of agriculture. He is also clear about chemical plant protection: he is of the opinion...

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6 juli 2016
​​​The Meuse River water quality report highlights the importance of a broad approach towards water quality

Just before the summer recess starts for the House of Representatives, a debate on water will take place on Thursday 7 July. This debate follows on from the consultation of two weeks ago when there was much attention for the water quality and the Water Quality and Freshwater Delta Approach. Members of parliament expressed their concern at that time about the effects of fertilisation, pesticides, medication...

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1 juli 2016
Advisory role of drinking water companies with regard to licences and permits for mining in drinking water areas

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives debated the amendment of the Mining Act with Minister Kamp of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Various amendments were submitted during the debate by the ChristenUnie, GroenLinks, CDA and D66 political parties. The underground leak of diesel and salt water from the salt extraction pit of AkzoNobel in the area of Enschede that was recently made known shows...

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