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Parliamentary questions
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10 November 2017
Question for written answer P-006967-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fernando Ruas (PPE)

 Subject:  Combating severe droughts
 Answer in writing 

Increasingly severe water shortages and droughts — mainly affecting the Mediterranean countries, home to 130 million people, 30% of the European population — are currently one of the most serious challenges facing the EU.

Increasingly extreme weather events are expected in the next few years, with the most depressed and inland regions hardest hit.

Currently, 75% of Portugal’s territory is experiencing extreme drought, with 25% suffering severe drought.

The economic impact of these climatic phenomena needs to be assessed, and the European institutions, Member States and other interested parties must adopt, as a matter of urgency, long-term economic strategies for the efficient use of water, particularly at local and regional level.

1. Given the establishment of the European Drought Observatory and the publication of the Commission’s ‘Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources’ in 2012, what strategies, policies or specific action are under way or in the planning stage, particularly in Member States most affected by these phenomena?

2. Does the Commission intend to take extraordinary measures to mitigate the effects of these extreme climate conditions?

Original language of question: PT 
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