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12 December 2017

On 5th December 2017, WAREG, the Association of European Water Regulators, was formally established in Milan as a non-profit organisation under Italian law.  WAREG’s President, Mr. Alberto Biancardi (Italy), signed the Constitutive Act in the presence of an Italian notary at the premises of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (Aeegsi).  For this purpose, Mr Biancardi was granted powers of attorney by other Members of WAREG to formalize the Association’s establishment. Also present for this milestone event were WAREG’s Vice Presidents, Dr. Szilvia Szalóki (Hungary), Mr. Dimitar Kochkov (Bulgaria) and Mr. Anthony Sammut (Malta).

WAREG brings together 16 regulatory authorities and entities dealing with the regulation of water and wastewater services in Europe.  Other European regulatory authorities and entities are also expected to formalise their membership status in the near future.

The Constitutive Act includes provisions for the establishment and governance of WAREG and was formally agreed and adopted by WAREG’s General Assembly in Riga, Latvia on 10th October 2017.  It is composed of 18 articles that establish the scope, the functions, the bodies of the Association, membership and observer status and their respective roles, rights and responsibilities as well as other governance provisions.

WAREG will retain its existing structure, where Members and Observers will continue to pursue its main objectives which include:

  1. exchange of information and joint analysis and comparison of existing water sector regulatory models as well as the performance of water utilities, organisation of specialised training, staff exchange,  and technical assistance among Members;
  2. promotion of best practices and stable regulation of the water and wastewater services at European level;
  3. promotion of cooperation aimed at analysing the sustainability of services, proper infrastructure investment, good quality services and consumer protection;
  4. liaising with other relevant regional and international organisations and national institutions, with a particular focus on European issues in the field of water and wastewater services.

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