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The Water area activities are built on three main pillars:

1. Capacity Building

Our offer includes training courses, workshops, seminars and multi-sectors conferences

Past activities

Multi-sectors conferences

These workshops aim at sharing experience and knowledge with the other network industry sectors within the Florence School of Regulation (Energy, Transport and Communications & Media):

Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (13 June 2014)
Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (12 June 2015)

Online events

FSR Manifesto: an EU agenda for the upcoming 5 years of regulation of infrastructures

15 January 2015

The FSR Manifesto is the first systematic attempt of the Florence School of Regulation to critically reflect upon the achievements of the second Barroso Commission and to establish a realistic outlook onto the challenges of the Juncker Commission in terms of regulatory policy. In this online event, the four FSR Area Directors will present their policy recommendations in the field of energy, communications and media, transport and water regulation.


In 2013, we organised two seminars:

Water sector regulation in Europe (28-29 November 2013)
Smart governance & regulation of water services in Europe (7-8 February 2013)

Training courses

Regulation of public services: national and local perspectives

9-13 March 2015, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

The course intends to analyze economic regulation of public services from different perspectives and to explore the peculiarities of centralized and local allocation of regulatory tasks in relation to the nature of the service, specific policy objectives, the historical and cultural background, the relationship between different actors and stakeholders, the influence – when relevant – of international actors like international organizations and financial institutions.


Performances in the Water Sector: Benchmarking, Regulation Drivers & Information Sharing

31 October 2014, Florence

This workshop is organised in two sessions and a final roundtable with regulators. Session one will present fresh results from innovative research work conducted on benchmarking in the water sector, with a special focus on Eastern European Countries ,France and Italy. Session two will present a methodology to analyse regulation drivers, as well as preliminary elements from case studies attempts in the context of Belgrade and Sofia. The final roundtable will be dedicated to discussing regulation, investment and cooperation and will bring together different regulatory authorities and other representatives to discuss national cases as well as a broader European perspective. Concluding remarks will then close the day.


Contracts, Procurement, and Public-Private Arrangements

4-5 June 2015, Paris

This conference focuses on the recent developments in contract theories and will bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss relational contracting, transaction costs, renegotiations, incentives, award mechanisms, incomplete contracting, contract design, benchmarking, privatization, corruption, institutions. The conference format will be designed to facilitate informal interactions among participants and promote future cooperations.


2. Contributing to external meetings and events



  • On 5 December Stéphane Saussier contributed as a speaker to the Workshop on “Capacity of Subnational Governments For Governing LPEs – The Case Of Water Supply” organised by the Korea Institute of Public Finance and the OECD (Seoul, South Korea)
  • On 5 December Maria Salvetti moderated the roundtable “Common features of water regulation in Europe” at the 1st Workshop on Water Regulation in Europe of the Brattle Group (Rome, Italy)
  • On 5-6 November Chiara Caccinelli attended the European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water)conference to present the activities of the FSR Water’s EIP Action Group WaterReg (Barcelona, Spain)
  • On 29 October Maria Salvetti contributed to the European Policy Centre’s ‘Blue Gold’ Task Force. Maria’s presentation focused on the economic instruments to finance water policy (Brussels, Belgium)
  • On 22 September Maria Salvetti was invited to chair the Session on Progressive models for economic regulation at the 1st International Water Regulators’ Forum. This international Forum gathers regulators from all over the world to discuss topics of common interest in the regulation of water services. The Forum is part of the International Water Association’s World Water Congress & Exhibition (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • On 11 September Maria Salvetti was invited to the Annual meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the Turin School of Local Regulation focusing on “Local Regulation and Information” (Turin, Italy)
  • On 9 September Stéphane Saussier was invited to the a multi-stakeholder dialogue on benchmarking of water quality and services , organised by the European Commission’s DG Environment (Brussels, Belgium)
  • On 8 September Maria Salvetti was invited to the opening ceremony of the International Summer School on regulation of local public services , organised by the Turin School of Local Regulation (Turin, Italy)


3. Research

Research activities are carried out in cooperation with the Sorbonne Business School.

Structure of the Working Teams

We aim at creating several working teams bringing together the national water and sanitation services regulatorresearchers and key operators in the sector from different European countries.

This three-part structure would:

  • incerase interaction between nations and encourages the sharing of country-specific experiences at the European level,
  • involve experts from different backgrounds and ensures effective cooperation and data sharing,
  • benefit from the input of the national regulators and water operators, making sure that all relevant issues are addressed.

Although the process begins at the national level, the different working teams will be highly coordinated under the FSR Water Area. In this way, the FSR Water’s aim of bringing dispersed water-related knowledge and research beyond the single member state to join a wider European dialogue is maintained.  

Find our selected list of publications.