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Mayors and water on 11 February 2016, 23. November 2015
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Dear Reader,

Welcome to a special newsletter on "Mayors and Water" and an update on the EIP Water Conference 2016!

We are pleased to inform you that a "Mayors and Water" event will be held on 11 February, the day after the EIP Water Conference in Leeuwarden. We provide some more details as well as a brief update on our 2016 Conference in this News special.

Our next newsletter with more updates will be published in the second week of December.

Best regards,

The EIP Water Secretariat


EIP Water News and Updates

Mayors and Water
on 11 February

On 11 February 2016, Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Ferd Crone, Mayor of Leeuwarden, invite European Mayors to the agenda setting event  “Mayors and Water”

Participants will convene in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, to develop a strategy to safeguard the future of water in European cities. The “Mayors and Water” event follows the EIP Water 2016 Conference, taking place on 10 February in the same city. 

Why such an event?

European cities already face diverse water challenges: groundwater over-exploitation, historic pollution, emerging compounds, sustainable financing of water infrastructure, droughts and floods, and more. All of these are further aggravated by population growth and climate change. 

At the same time, European cities are prime locations for developing and implementing water solutions. The event “Mayors and Water” will focus on flood prevention, green infrastructures, water in the circular economy, water quality and quantity and the pivotal role of water in the urban agenda. Environmental and socio-economic differences within Europe will require different solutions depending on the respective local context. Therefore it is important to have mayors and city representatives from all across Europe around the table. 

Please do not hesitate to inform your city, local authorities and mayor about this opportunity and register here

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Not registered yet?
Join us in Leeuwarden on 10 February

Over 200 participants have already registered for the EIP Water Conference on 10 February 2016 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, and we are pleased to invite our readers once again to register free of charge for our 3rd Conference.

We will start screening the registrations after having reached 250 participants in order to ensure a good balance of EU regions, industry sectors and other criteria and expect 5 - 600 participants in total.

Several high-level speakers such as Mariana Mazzucato, RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex, are already confirmed.

We look forward to meeting many of you in Leeuwarden!

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EIP Water's got talent -
apply by 30 November

In collaboration with Isle Utilities the 2016 edition of the EIP Water Conference will present a “Dragon’s Den” or “EIP Water’s Got Talent” session in the afternoon of 10 February.

“EIP Water’s Got Talent” is designed to make it easier than ever for innovators to connect with investors, partners and end users in a fun and interactive way. The feature will offer technology developers a critical and unrivalled chance to pitch their innovations to an expert panel and audience. In order to participate please ensure you complete and send the questionnaire by 30th November 2015 to IsleUtilities. If shortlisted, you will be contacted to arrange a conference call for stage 2 of the due diligence process. All further details and instructions can be found in the questionnaire.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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