Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe

GWP CEE and IAWD signs a Memorandum of Understanding

On 15 February 2019, Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) and the International Association Of Water Supply Companies In The Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding is an excellent opportunity to complement the expertise and partnerships that the two organizations have built in their networks.

Both organizations have extensive networks of partners/members, with which they work, and which could benefit from mutual experience and knowledge sharing. The missions of GWP CEE and IAWD are complementary, with GWP CEE focusing on advocacy for integrated water resources management and IAWD on sustainable development of water supply and sanitation services.

GWP CEE and IAWD agreed to strengthen a cooperation in knowledge sharing and capacity building activities. Both organizations have a strong commitment to youth and will continue working further towards more active involvement of young water professionals in water governance. Another area of mutual interest is the support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe that will engage both networks of partners/members.

With IAWD’s extensive technology and engineering expertise, and GWP CEE’s water governance and stakeholder engagement knowledge, both organizations plan to join forces in identifying possibilities for joint project proposals to ensure a better water resource management in the region.


Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) is a network of GWP partners active in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. GWP CEE is an independent organization that has a legal personality. GWP CEE Steering Committee / Council is a decision-making body. Its focus is to bring together various sectors and interest groups to identify and discuss common water problems and to develop action plans based on integrated water resources Management.

10th DEX Summer School

dex summer school started in 2009 and was successfully continued since then with more than 200 young water professionals from more than 15 different countries. In 2019 the dex summer school will be held in Rottenbach/Austria at the premises of dex member VTA. The 2019 program follows the strategy of maintaining basic lectures enriched with new topic of interest. All teachers are internationally well recognised academics from Austria and Germany with long term scientific and practical experience in the field of their lectures and beyond. This years course will cover experiences and practical aspects for the design and operation of sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants, laboratory work on determining sludge parameters and microscopy, sludge treatment and disposal, anaerobic treatment and membrane technology as well as dynamic simulation and energy management of waste water treatment plants.

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2nd Danube Hub Benchmarking Workshop

The workshop will bring together the leading utilities from the Danube region to analyse and discuss current performance of utilities in the region, performance improvement options, and especially how cooperation between utilities and local governments can be improved toward even better water and sanitation services. In that regard, IAWD is further developing its cooperation with NALAS, the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe.

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EU – Drinking Water Directive

Setting the pace for future drinking water quality requirements

In the course of the IAWD – General Assembly a presentation and discussion was conducted by the IAWD – Member, OVGW (Austrian Waterworks Association), on the proposed changes to the EU – Drinking Water Directive which will affect water operators.

OVGW expressed concerns about some of the issues in the current version of the EU-DWD. OVGW is playing a very active role in the consultation process for the development of the new EU – Drinking Water Directive. In this process an active input from waterworks associations is essential in avoiding increasing efforts and costs for the water sector.

OVGW also prepared a proposal for amendments of the draft of the
EU – Drinking Water Directive. Proposals from national water asso­ciations have to be administrated through the respective Members of EU – Parliament of the respective country.

In case of specific questions about the Directive and the documents available you may address directly the OVGW-expert, Anna Pomassl, Email:

Amendments: ÖVGW EU-TW-RL Amendments 2018.06.12
Presentation: EU-DWD - key challenges

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YWP chapter chairs meet at YWP Danube regional workshop in Vienna

In the frame of the 2018 Danube Water Conference, the Young Water Professionals (YWP) of the region had the chance to meet in the second YWPs Danube Regional workshop organized by IAWD with the support from the Danube Water Program. In total, 14 YWP representing 11 countries were present to discuss the opportunities and challenges involved in creating a national YWP chapter and how organizations such as IAWD and IWA (International Water Association) can support this action.

Workshop Overview

Danube Regional Workshop - Outcomes



Awards Badges Landscape

Executive Director of the year

The Association of Association Executives is the largest community of association executives in Europe and in the UK, and has members in many other countries, including Africa, India and the Middle East. It is the largest association community outside North America.

The Associations Award, organised by the Association of Associations Executives, raises the profile of associations, their executives, and gives them the recognition for their effort and success.

The Team of IAWD (Secretariat and Technical Secretariat) nominated Walter Kling in the category „Executive Director of the Year" within the Association Awards 2018.

All nominations are judged by a prestigious judging panel consisting of influential association leaders and specialists, all focused on the continuous improvement of associations: UK, International, and European.

The Team of IAWD congratulates Walter Kling to his high ranking amongst the top three Executive Directors of the world!


Fltr.: Walter Kling, Heinz Robak, Vladimir Tausanovic

New Honorary Members of IAWD

At this year’s General Assembly IAWD honoured two retiring colleagues as Honorary Members.

Heinz Robak

worked 25 years as an auditor of IAWD and actively helped to secure the positive financial development of IAWD. After his retirement he continued to work as auditor until the end of 2017. Over the last years he actively assisted the Management of IAWD in the transition of the financial statement into the current new version.

Heinz-Jürgen Brauch

contributed to IAWD since the founding in the year 1993. He supported IAWD activities with his outstanding knowledge on water quality issues and chaired the Technical Scientific Advisory Committee of IAWD. Mr. Brauch also conducted successfully the "sampling tour" on the Danube River and regularly published a number of water quality articles in the IAWD Annual Report. Mr. Brauch was chief editor of the IAWD Annual Report and was a driving force on the content. He helped delivering an interesting report showcasing the work of IAWD.

IAWD congratulated both new Honorary Members and thanked them both for their distinguishing work and achievements.


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Utility Benchmarking Program

Launch and Workshop of the Danube Hub in Zabljak and Tivat, Montenegro

The first Danube Hub utility benchmarking exercise, which started as a pilot in late 2017, concluded in May 2018, and included 18 utilities from 9 countries: Albania -3 utilities; Bosnia and Herzegovina -5 utilities; Croatia -1 utility; Hungary -1 utility; Kosovo -2 utilities; Macedonia -2 utilities; Montenegro -1 utility; Romania -1 utility; and Serbia -2 utilities. The Danube Hub 2018 exercise included the development of utility benchmarking reports, the organization of the 1st Danube Hub benchmarking workshop on March 22-23, 2018 in Montenegro in a World Water Day event organized by the IAWD member, the Regional Water Company of Montenegro Coastal Area, in the winter resort of Zabljak and in the coastal city of Tivat. As a conclusion to the exercise, a CEO dinner for Danube Hub utilities was held in the context of the Danube Water Conference in Vienna on May 4. It is expected that a vast majority of these utilities will continue to participate in the Danube Hub exercise for 2019, but also that a number of new utilities from all 17 countries of the Danube region will join the Danube Hub from mid-2018 until early 2019 when the 2nd Danube Hub benchmarking workshop should take place.

Applications are now open to join:



Project Advisory Board

The 2nd RCDN Project Advisory Board (PAB) Meeting convened on May 2 in Vienna at the occasion of the Danube Water Conference 2018. Participants from 16 partner associations (Local Government Associations (LGAs) and Associations of Public Utility Companies (APUCs)), together with representatives of IAWD,   NALAS and GIZ were informed by the RCDN Project implementation Team (PIT) about the current progress of the project and the planned activities. In the first part of the meeting, after the welcoming words and the introduction by the PAB Chairperson, a short overview of the implemented activities and achieved results was provided since the 1st PAB meeting in November 2017:

Capacity Development Measures

  • CD plans for 2018 to strengthen the capacity of the partner associations at individual and organisational level have been developed  for capacitation of the Focal Points as well as of the LGAs and APUCs.
  • Pool of Trainers and Moderators established
  • Quality standards have been developed for training delivery, peer exchange and  community of practice
  • Standard for conferences is under development
  • Concept for Monitoring & Evaluation elaborated
  • Concept for establishing the Knowledge Management System is still under development
  • On-line tool to collect information and create regional inventory of existing CD products developed
  • Curriculums and materials are developed for 4 out of 8 initial CD measures that will be implemented in 2018 (Quick Wins)
  • Support for preparation of concepts and presentations for the CD and/or Stakeholder Dialogue Platform sessions at 3 key events in the WSS sector: (1) Conference of Aquasan Network in Mostar, BiH on 16 – 19 April, 2018, (2) ADKOM Conference in Ohrid, Macedonia on 24 - 26 April, 2018 and (3) Danube Water Conference in Vienna on 2 - 3 May, 2018.

Focal points

7 APUCs and 5 LGAs out of 16 partner associations nominated their Focal Points, from which 9 have been already contracted and are operational (6 APUCs and 3 LGAs).

After attending the Opening Ceremony of the Danube Water Conference, the PAB meeting continued with its second part, which gave an overview of the planned activities until September 2018 with particular focus on the role of the partner associations. The main focus in the following period will be: delegation of activities to partner associations; implementation of the CD plans with measures for strengthening the capacities of Focal Points and LGAs and APUCs for CD delivery; achievement of first and concrete results (Quick Wins) by delivering the developed CD products for municipalities and water utilities; testing RCDN standards in practice; strengthening
the cooperation between LGAs and APUCs in each target country; involving IFIs and donors at the early stage; improvement of the cooperation in the water and sanitation sector; and lobbying and advocacy for enabling CD framework.

The 3rd RCDN PAB meeting is planned for November 2018.