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The question regarding the current and future role of private operators in the water sector has been hotly debated by the Member States of the European Union during the last years. The great diversity in opinions and lines of arguments partly stems from the fact that discussions about private sector involvement are taking place against cultural, technological and legal backgrounds which differ considerably from one country to another.

This publication presents the results of the aqualibrium project which was funded by the EU Commission Research Directorate-General in the Thematic Programme: Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development of the Fifth Framework Programme in the year 2002. Embedded in the key action 1: Sustainable Management and Quality of Water aquilibrium summarised the current debates on the role of private operators in water services management in different national contexts. The publication contains a summary of the project, 14 national studies and an analysis of the results from the perspective of the differing national legal frameworks and the latest information on private sector operator involvement in water management in the European Union.

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Authors: MOHAJERI S, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);KNOTHE B, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);LAMOTHE D-N, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);FABY J-A, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20875 EN (2003), 352 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20875-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-6428-3
Record Number: 200417498 / Last updated on: 2004-04-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en