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On 26 October 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted its call for a new and comprehensive water strategy for Europe – an EU Blue Deal.

The EESC acts as the voice of Europe’s organised civil society and through this call, it wishes to join efforts and make the EU Blue Deal a key priority for the next legislative mandate. To mark this important adoption, a high-level conference "Call for an EU Blue Deal" on the 26th October was held to present the work carried out by the EESC and to exchange with top level representatives of other EU institutions, water experts and key stakeholders on the most pressing water-related challenges now and in the years to come.  

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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.