16:00 - ENVIRONMENT: EU COMMISSION, WATER, A VITAL RESOURCE. PRECIOUS FOR EVERYONE
(Sir Europe - Brussels) - The challenge of water. Every drop matters: this is the topic of the international conference that today opened the European Green Week, which this year is focussed on water resources. Over three thousand people are expected to attend the Weeks events and visit the over 50 stalls set up in the Belgian capital. The parties concerned, NGOs, governmental delegates and EU officers - the European Commission explains - will try to find solutions to the main problems of water, such as how to protect the availability of good-quality water when faced with a quick population rise and an even more obvious climate change. The schedule includes the screening of the films La soif du monde, Oceans and Africa turns green. During the Week, the European Business Awards for the Environment will be given to European companies that combine innovation and competitiveness with excellent environmental performance. Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik explained: Water is a vital resource, which human work substantially impacts. During the Week, I hope the hundreds of experts and parties gathered here will be able to develop the existing strategies as well as new ideas to protect this resource that is so precious for all of us. The topic will also be addressed from a global perspective with ministers and experts from the developing countries.