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Investing in water for a toxic free environment

The European Green Deal is our growth strategy to overcome current challenges and to improve our well-being and standards of living. It will make the European economy competitive but also innovative and sustainable. 
To implement the Green Deal, the Commission is mobilising a variety of financing instruments such as InvestEU and the Just Transition Fund, the EU Funds under the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, as well as the special initiatives for the recovery (REACT-EU and the Recovery and Resilience Facility). The Commission directs the processes for funding under the MFF and NextGenerationEU, by negotiating the Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes, assessing the National Recovery and Resilience Plans and by publishing guidelines explaining how it will evaluate these plans.
Water and nature are an integral part of the European Green Deal and relevant across all policy areas. It is important to mobilise water sector stakeholders to take an active part in the implementation of the Green Deal, since water as part of the natural environment has great potential to promote sustainable economic growth and job creation during the crisis but more importantly afterwards. 
The aim of this session is to convey the message to a broader audience (non-water specialists, start-up businesses, post- doc students) including decision-makers in the public and private sector that investing in water is a sustainable finance opportunity and to disseminate the environmental benefits of investing in water as well as the contribution to the recovery process. The session will also offer a forum for the participants to share good investment ideas, practises and expertise from three countries (EL, BE, SE) across the EU. The interactions between the participants will inspire further initiatives for investing in the water sector that could enhance cooperation between stakeholders and countries and might deliver other critical environmental improvements.


  • Veronica Manfredi, Director, Directorate- General for Environment, European Commission 
  • Ioannis Vergos, Coordinator, Management Body of Lake Karla (NATURA 2000 site), Greece
  • Maximilian Lüdtke, Senior Adviser, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Tom De Vits, Policy Advisor, Cabinet of the Minister of Justice & Enforcement, Environment, Energy & Tourism in Flanders 


Session 10.3
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Room 3