Intereconomics

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 136–158 | Cite as

The regulation of water services in the EU

  • Ralf Boscheck
  • Judith C. Clifton
  • Daniel Díaz-Fuentes
  • Mark Oelmann
  • Christoph Czichy
  • Monica Alessi
  • Sébastien Treyer
  • Janet Wright
  • Martin Cave
Forum

Abstract

The European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on the award of concession contracts has sparked vigorous public debate and intense opposition. This Directive is controversial because of the nature of the policy it proposes and because the sectors involved are highly sensitive. This Forum examines the weaknesses of the Commission’s proposal and presents an overview of the current issues in water regulation and the provision of water services. The authors analyse the regulation of natural monopolies, water efficiency and upstream competition in the water industry.

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© ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Boscheck
    • 1
  • Judith C. Clifton
    • 2
  • Daniel Díaz-Fuentes
    • 2
  • Mark Oelmann
    • 3
  • Christoph Czichy
    • 3
  • Monica Alessi
    • 4
  • Sébastien Treyer
    • 5
  • Janet Wright
    • 6
  • Martin Cave
    • 7
  1. 1.International Institute for Management Development (IMD)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of CantabriaCantabriaSpain
  3. 3.Hochschule Ruhr West — University of Applied SciencesMülheim an der RuhrGermany
  4. 4.Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)BrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)ParisFrance
  6. 6.Sladen Wright Associates Ltd.SurreyUK
  7. 7.Imperial College Business SchoolImperial College LondonLondonUK

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