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"Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, I warmly congratulate Mr Seeber on his excellent report which was unanimously adopted by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. This resolution is important since it forms part of a legislative process begun in 2000 with the Water Framework Directive. That directive set the EU Member States the ambitious objective of achieving an optimum ecological and chemical status of the water in all of Europe’s bodies of water by 2015. Today, we know that owing to both longstanding and emerging challenges, not all Member States will achieve the objective set by the EU. The Commission, in the meantime, has rightly launched several assessments to enable it to develop a ‘blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources’, to be published by the end of the year. The blueprint is a positive inclusion in the EU’s wider programme to attain the Europe 2020 objectives and the longer-term objectives up to 2050. The report we are considering today represents Parliament’s informed and important contribution to the blueprint to safeguard Europe’s water resources. The report precisely identifies shortcomings, inadequacies and delays and suggests adopting necessary and urgent measures in order to protect citizens’ universal right to have good, sufficient water. I would like to draw Parliament’s attention to the need for the EU to take effective action on losses and leaks of drinking water in urban networks, caused by their age. The percentage of leaks and losses naturally varies from one Member State to another, but overall it is very high. Purification of wastewater also requires urgent action since, in many cases, purification is totally lacking and insufficient."@en1

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