Roberto Mantovanelli is the new vice-president of Aqua Publica Europea (Ape), the association that brings together Europe’s publicly-owned water managers. He was elected by the Ape board, during the general assembly held in the splendid setting of the Biblioteca Capitolare in Verona. Forty-three years old, degree in management engineering, member of the executive board of Utilitalia, Mantovanelli has been president of Acque Veronesi since 2018. Since 2019, he has been part of the management of Aqua Publica Europea as a delegate of Viveracqua, the consortium that brings together Veneto’s integrated water managers.

Roberto Mantovanelli

I thank President Van Nuffel and my board colleagues for this prestigious role. Ape is the association that brings together Europe’s publicly-owned water utilities and aims to compare and share best practices, both in terms of governance and technology – Mantovanelli explains – Since there is no competition between operators, this is an important opportunity that we want to work to exploit. Another central point of activity at Ape is to bring our contributions directly to the level of the European Commission regarding EU directives, which increasingly influence the future work of us managers. The event that took place today in Verona is an example of the importance of these exchanges: a conference that provided excellent food for thought on circularity in the wastewater sector with particular reference to sludge management“.

The technical seminar, which made Verona the capital of public water, was attended by more than 160 representatives and technicians from water companies, lecturers, and senior institutional officials representing European and non-European countries, as well as representatives of the European Commission.