Regulating Water: principles & recommendations for an efficient system

11/07/2019 - 09:00 to 12:45
The Office, 80 rue d'Arlon, 1040 Brussels

*This event is sold out*

This seminar will present the results of a CERRE research project providing recommendations for efficient and dynamic regulatory models for water systems in Europe. 



Water regulation deserves greater attention. Nowadays, efficient and dynamic regulation for water systems in Europe continues to spark debate over different models and their fitness for purpose. While a wide range of approaches are in place the tension between increasing costs for consumers and increasing capital needed for infrastructure-related investments is shaping political views and polarising a wide spectrum of stakeholders and decision makers.

In this context, the Italian government is currently debating an important reform, which includes fundamental regulatory changes to the existing water system. This new legislative proposal aims to significantly revise today’s water system, its governance and, consequently, the performance of the entire sector. Such reform leads to new questions:

·         Do we need to re-think the fundamental principles of water regulation?

·         What is the role of independent regulators?

·         Are we heading to better and more dynamic efficient models for consumers?

·         If yes, how do these models look like?

CERRE is delighted to invite you to learn from the main findings of the new research: “Water Sector Ownership and Operation: An Evolving International Debate with Relevance to Proposals for Nationalisation in Italy”. Led by Professor Sean Ennis, this report will shed light on the fundamentals of water regulation, lessons learnt from European models and recommended actions for more efficient and sustainable water systems. 



Registration & welcome coffee


Welcome & introduction


Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,


Keynote address

Paul Rübig

Former Member of the European Parliament,
(EPP & member of the Water Group)



Presentation of the CERRE report ‘Water sector ownership & operation: an evolving international debate with relevance to proposals for nationalisation in Italy'


Sean Ennis

Professor of Competition Policy, NBS,
University of East Anglia



David Deller

Senior Research Associate, Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia



Reaction to the presentation 

Giordano Colarullo

Director General,  



Andrea Guerrini

President, WAREG 
Commissioner, ARERA 






Coffee break
State of play | Drinking Water Directive - Challenges & Perspectives 

Christophe Hansen

Member of the European Parliament,
(EPP & ENVI Rapporteur Drinking Water Directive)



Presentation - 'The governance of water services in Europe'

Carla Chiaretti

Head of Policy  







Denis Bonvillain

Coordinator & Permanent Delegate, EU Affairs, Brussels,  



Máximo Miccinilli (moderator)

Director Energy,  



Catherine Waddams

Research Fellow, CERRE 
Professor & Researcher, Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia


Thursday 11 July 2019, 9.00-12.45,
The Office, 80 rue d'Arlon, 1040 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact