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History

Foundation and development
The original foundation of EurAqua dates back to 1993 when members from six countries (France, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland and Italy) began to work together.

After the first formal Board Meeting on the 29th November 1993, the membership was extended to all 12 EU countries with the exception of Luxemburg and Portugal. In 1994 EurAqua had ten members.

In 1995 at the 4th Board meeting European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland joined EurAqua as new Members. Portugal joined in 1995. In 1999 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the 16 countries. In April 2002 the EurAqua Management Board decided to invite members from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and the SlovakRepublic to join the network.

Slovenia formally joined the network at the 26th Management Board Meeting in 2006.

Management Board Meetings
Since 1994 Management Board Meetings are held biannually. According to adopted practice the meetings are organised by members in turn.

Secretariat
The Secretariat remains within the same member for a two-year period with a possibility for renewal if deemed appropriate by members. Until now the following members have served as the Secretariat for EurAqua:
                 

1994-1995 Cemagref

1996-1997 BfG

1998-1999 RIZA

2000-2001 LNEC

2002-2003 SYKE

2004-2005 CEH

2006-2007 NIVA

2007-2009 NIVA

2009-2010 Irstea (formerly called Cemagref)

2010-2011 Irstea

2011-2012 Deltares

2012-2014 Deltares

2014-2015 Deltares

2016-2018 Deltares

From December 2018, the Secretariat is shared by two members: Deltares and Irstea.