Water scarcity, fisheries management and Europe’s digital agenda were among the topics tackled by the European Commission in the past week. The commission is encouraging EU member states to implement effective water pricing, water efficiency and water saving measures in a bid to avert a possible water drought in the future. On fisheries management, European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki emphasized the need to set fishing quotas that adhere to international standards. The European Commission also released a report on the bloc’s digital economy, which urged member states to provide faster broadband access, improve their citizens’ Internet skills and encourage more information and communication technology innovations.
Meanwhile, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding was set to urge EU members states to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities in a May 19 meeting of EU ministers to be held in Spain.