Launch day in Palermo 08.07.2020

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Summary by Giorgio Mannina, UNIPA:

The Launch Day discussion focused on the WIDER UPTAKE project presentation with the aim to highlight the synergistic actions as well to engage stakeholders involved in the project towards the need of upgrading the existing wastewater treatment plants. The stakeholders emphasized the paramount interest to modify the local regulations, according to the concepts of the circular economy, through the demonstration of the feasibility of water smart solution for overcoming the existing social and administrative barriers.

In particular, during the discussion it emerged the prominent role of the Office of the Special Unique Commissioner in the Sicilian territory concerning the Wastewater Treatment facilities. The figure of the Special Unique Commissioner was born/started with a Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers on 26 April 2017 and the commissioner structure has its registered office in Rome. The task of the Commissioner is to carry out the necessary actions (design and construction) to overcome the convictions of the Court of Justice of the European Union in cases C-656/10 and C-85/13, as well as the infringement procedures 2014/2059 and 2017/2181. The current Special Unique Commissioner is Prof. Maurizio Giugni, appointed by Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers on 11 May 2020. 

The event was attended by a number of stakeholders and other participants, directly and indirectly involved in the project, among which: 

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