Events 2015

Utility Associations Meeting

03-04 December 2015, Vienna, Austria

This meeting brought together utility associations from the partner countries. It provided a chance to reflect on the activities and achievements of the first phase of the Danube Water Program and give input and ideas for activities over the next three years.

Further information and presentations


Workshop on Regional EU Accession Cross-support in the Water Sector

28-29 September 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

This workshop aimed to develop more knowledge on the requirements and challenges of EU the accession process in the water sector among responsible ministries and water agencies in the Danube region.

Further information, photos and presentations

Further information on Regional EU Accession Cross-support in the Water Sector


Final Asset Management Workshop

15 September 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

On 15 September, the IAWD Asset Management Regional Services Hub convened participating utilities, donors and other stakeholders for the final workshop of this capacity development project undertaken in phase 1 of the Danube Water Program.

Further information, presentations and photos

Further information on Asset Management


Training Workshop on WSS Regulation in Ukraine

25-26 August 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine

In late August 2015, the World Bank and NERC, the Ukrainian regulator, organized a training workshop on WSS regulation.

Further information and presentations

Further information on Support to Regulatory Capacity Building in Ukraine

Further information on Analytical and Advisory Work

Further information on Sector Regulation Support


UTVSI Seminar on Water Distribution Systems

4-6 August 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

In cooperation with the Serbian Chamber of Engineers, and with PUC Belgrade Waterworks and Sewerage as the host company, the Association for water technology and sanitary engineering (UTVSI) organized a seminar on water distribution systems in Belgrade from 4th to 6th of August.

The seminar was realized as part of joint European Professional Development Program for 2015. It was a unique opportunity for 130 licensed engineers from the area of drinking water supplying and waste water engineering, including six experts from Sarajevo Waterworks and Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo, to refresh and acquaint themselves with German water distribution standards.

Further information on Competitive Grant 5

Further information and photos of the event


2nd Benchmarking Workshop for Albania and Kosovo

30 June 2015, Pristina, Kosovo

SHUKOS and SHUKALB held their second benchmarking workshop organized through their common HUB Kosovo & Albania in Pristina on 30 June 2015. The workshop was organized in cooperation with the Danube Water Program and the European Benchmarking Co-operation (EBC).

After a brief introduction and presentations on the basis of standardization, as well as on the meaning and value of benchmarking, participants started working on the new notification platform and fed new data into the system.

Read the full agenda of the workshop here.

Further information on Utility Benchmarking in Albania and Kosovo


Danube Day 2015

29 June 2015, Danube River Basin

“29 June” is the international Danube Day. It was first celebrated by the ICPDR (the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River) in 2004 to highlight the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Danube River Protection Convention. Through the joint effort of different organizations, the celebration of Danube Day throughout the Danube River Basin became an annual event, paying tribute the Danube and the rivers that flow into it.

ICPDR President 2015 Dražen Kurečić on public participation & the river basin and flood risk management plans:
„Over the last decade, Danube Day has become the biggest river festival in the world. Today, we are joining tens of thousands of people to celebrate past achievements in making our rivers healthier for everyone to enjoy”, says Mr Dražen Kurečić, ICPDR President 2015. “This is also an opportunity to call the people of all Danube countries to support the management plans that we currently develop for the future.” Mr Kurečić refers to the public consultation activities for the Danube River Basin Management Plan Update 2015 and the Flood Risk Management Plan. “The public is invited to contribute to these plans – by sending comments, filling out online questionnaires or through a stakeholder consultation workshop that we will organise here in Zagreb in early July. Everybody can have a say.” Further information on the management plans and public consultation measures is available on

See here for events to celebrate Danube Day 2015 in your country.

Further information on Danube Day


IWA Regional Conference - Water Loss Management 2015

15-17 June 2015, Bucharest, Romania

This Conference was the second event in a series of IWA regional conferences on water loss reduction, following the successful "IWA Water Ideas Conference" that was held in Bologna, Italy in October 2014.

The International Conference - Water Loss Management 2015 was intended to present and discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices in water loss assessment, management, leakage reduction, control and mprovement of customer metering.

Further information

EU Reference document Good Practices on Leakage Management WFD CIS WG PoM


Founding Assembly of the Association for South of Serbia Water Protection and Preservation (WASS)

9 June 2015, Niš, Serbia

The Public Utility Naissus hosted the founding assembly of the Association for South of Serbia Water Protection and Preservation (WASS) on 9 June 2015 in the Niš Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Association's aim is to gather 28 local self governments from the South of Serbia, local waterworks, as well as interested professionals, in order to promote water supply, waste water collection and water resources in the South of Serbia.

Further information, videos and photos

Further information on Competitive Grant 14


YWP Kosovo Study Trip

31 May - 3 June 2015, Vienna, Austria

As part of a competitve grant awarded by the Danube Water Program, a group of 17 Young Water Professionals (YWP) from Kosovo visited Vienna's water supply and sanitation infrastructure. Other activities included a meeting with Austrian YWPs and with professors from Viennese universities.

Further information, presentations and photos

Further information on Competitive Grant 10


Regional Utility Management Conference

Improving performance in emerging economies
13-15 May 2015, Tirana, Albania

The 2nd IWA Regional Utility Management Conference was organized by the Water Supply and Sewerage Association of Albania (SHUKALB) in close cooperation with the International Water Association (IWA) and with the European Water Association (EWA) and the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) as partners. The Conference buildt upon the success of the 2013 conference, which had attracted over 200 water professionals from water utilities, universities, the donor community, NGOs, public institutions, private companies and consultants in the Greater Balkan Region and beyond.

Conference program

Further information


2015 Danube Water Conference

7-8 May 2015, Vienna, Austria


Around 160 key sector representatives from entities such as national utility associations, the regional network of associations of local authorities, water and wastewater utilities, line ministries, regulatory authorities, the donor community and other international associations gathered to discuss progress made and challenges lying ahead in the water supply and sanitation sector of the Danube region. The two-day conference started with an overview of the State of the Sector review, conducted by the World Bank with the assistance of a large number of external partners.

The European Integration agenda, which drives much of the change in the region, was a recurring theme and was highlighted in separate sessions, as well. It is generally agreed upon that a common understanding of policies, strategies, concepts, roles and practices among decision makers leads to improved regional cooperation and services in the water sector. Therefore, stakeholders from the Danube region at national and local levels convened to discuss the State of the Sector and what they jointly, can do better to achieve smart policies, strong utilities and sustainable water services.

Further information, presentations and photos


Water and Development: Infrastructure and Institutions - Lessons from the World Bank Experience

6 May 2015, Vienna, Austria

In the context of the 2015 Danube Water Conference, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance extended an invitation to discuss lessons from the World Bank’s experience in building water institutions and infrastructure to address water development challenges.

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International Conference - Waste Waters, Municipal Solid Wastes and Hazardous Wastes

21-23 April 2015, Budva, Montengro



3rd Asset Management Workshop

21-22 April 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

Further information & presentations

Further information on Asset Management


Benchmarking Workshop by the Regional Utility Benchmarking HUB

18-20 March 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

On 18-20 March 2015, the Utility Benchmarking HUB for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia organized its first annual benchmarking workshop.

Bulaqua 1/2015 - On the March 2015 Int. Benchmarking Meeting (BG & EN)

Final announcement of the workshop (EN)

Final announcement of the workshop (SR)

Further information on Utility Benchmarking


Utility Benchmarking Training

4-6 March 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands

On 4-6 March, the European Benchmarking Cooperation convened a meeting and training for the coordinators of the Utility Benchmarking Hubs in the Danube region. The event served to evaluate the experiences made in the first benchmarking cycle, and to prepare for the next one. Coordinators from the Albania/Kosovo, Bulgaria, Ex-Yugoslavia and Ukraine hubs attended the workshop, which was led by a team of EBC officers including Peter Dane, the Cooperation's managing director.

Further information on Benchmarking


EWA Spring Days - Budapest Water Conference

4-6 March 2015, Budapest, Hungary

Further information


Water Utility Regulatory Benchmarking Performance Assessment and Improvement Workshop

23-27 February 2015, Pristina, Kosovo

In February, the Danube Water Program invited Mr. Sanford Berg and Ms. Michelle Phillips from the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida to hold a 4.5 day workshop with a total of 28 participants. Topics discussed included benchmarking basics, making comparisons with limited data, tools for performance assessment, steps for enhancing utility performance, as well as data foundations and action plans.

Further information, presentations and photos


Meeting of Water Utility Associations and Workshop on Business Planning

16-18 February 2015, Tirana, Albania

Further information WSS Association Strengthening & Support

Further information on Competitive Grant 12


Ukraine Water Utility Association Conference

Ressource Saving and Quality Water Supply - Strategic Line of Development of Water Supply and Sewerage Branch in Ukraine
10-15 February 2015, Yaremche, Ukraine

Ukraine Water Conference


1st Benchmarking Workshop for Albania and Kosovo

30 January 2015, Pristina, Kosovo

Further information on Utility Benchmarking in Albania and Kosovo