On Tuesday 28 September, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the impact of the EU’s agricultural policy on efficient and sustainable water use.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
Agriculture depends on the availability of water. Irrigation is particularly important: it helps farmers to adapt to irregular rainfall, allowing them to increase the viability, yield and quality of their crops. But it is also a significant drain on water resources.
The main components of the EU’s regulatory framework for water quantity and agriculture are the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the common agricultural policy (CAP). Water is also the subject of UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, whose targets relate to water efficiency and integrated water management.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The report focuses on the impact of agriculture on the quantitative status of water bodies. The EU auditors have examined to what extent the WFD and the CAP promote the sustainable use of water in agriculture. Their findings, conclusions and recommendations will be useful as the EU moves toward its next agricultural policy for the 2023-2027 period.
ECA press office will hold a virtual briefing on Tuesday 28 September. Journalists who wish to participate should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu at 5:00 p.m. CET on Tuesday 28 September.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Joëlle Elvinger.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.