Moderation: Mariam Zaidi

14.30 – 15.00 Opening

  • Christa Schweng, President of the EESC
  • Pernille Weiss, MEP, Chair of the MEP Water Group (intervening remotely)
  • Pietro Francesco De Lotto, President of Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI)

15.00 – 16.10 Panel 1: Global challenges at stake

This panel will look into key challenges and existing policies concerning:

  • the preservation of freshwater resources and clean water
  • access to water, economics of water and water poverty
  • geopolitics of water and blue diplomacy


  • Sergiy Moroz, Policy Manager for Water and Biodiversity, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Mirjam Wolfrum, CDP
  • Milo Fiasconaro, Executive Director, Aqua Publica Europea
  • Marc Zeitoun, Director General, Geneva Water Hub

16.10 – 16.20 Break

16.20 – 17.30 Panel 2: Sustainable water management

This panel will look into key challenges and existing policies concerning:

  • water consumption and wastewater produced by households, public administration, agriculture and industries, notably water-intensive ones;
  • water efficient technology sector;
  • distribution networks and water infrastructures from the triple perspective of efficiency, sustainability and resilience.


  • Will Sarni, founder and CEO, Water Foundry (intervening remotely)
  • Li Lifeng, Director of Division for Land and Water, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Johannes Lohaus, Secretary General, European Water Association
  • Oliver Loebel, Secretary General, EurEau

17.30 – 18.00 Closing

  • Oliver Röpke, President of the Workers' Group, EESC
  • Salla Saastamoinen, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

18.00 End of hearing