Water is a key element of my work programme, linked to both the themes of sustainability and growth, and solidarity and development, and the EESC will actively continue in the next 2 years its efforts to tackle this topic of vital concern at local, European and global level.
We certainly consider it to be an issue of strategic importance, and not only as an environmental issue but also as a key element of sustainable economic growth in Europe. Water is a vital resource for all human beings and for many economic sectors, including but certainly not limited to agriculture and the agri-food industry.
It is estimated already today that by 2030 there will be a gap between water demand and supply of about 40% . We are facing a major challenge for our world.
The EESC advocates an integrated, cross-cutting approach to environmental, economic and social issues in water policy, with a view to achieving sustainable development. Let me explain this by addressing the different policy areas concerned and the challenges to water policy.