On September 21, the European Union and China took further steps to help implement the joint priorities in the water sector.
European Environment, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and Chinese Water Resources Minister Chen Lei signed in Finland on September 21 a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Water Policy Dialogue between the EU and China.
The signature, which took place at the High Level Conference of the Water Platform in Turku, is a sign of political commitment to the co-operation on water policy, the Commission said in a press release.
“Today’s signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing an EU-China Water Policy Dialogue is not just welcome, it is essential,” Vella said.
“We are demonstrating our commitment to jointly address common water challenges. Water is the source of life. Climate change, pollution, increasing demand and wastage have put pressures like never before. We are showing that a global problem needs global action,” the Commissioner added.
The Dialogue between the EU and the Ministry of Water Resources will give political steer to the Chinese Europe Water Platform and cover a number of areas such as developing and enforcing legislation to protect water, integrated water resources management, dealing with water disasters, adaptation to climate change, and improving cooperation on international water issues, the Commission said.