27 February 2019 - 01 March 2019 // Subotica, Serbia
The 2nd Danube Hub benchmarking workshop took place on 27 February to 1 March 2019 in Subotica, Serbia, back to back with the conference „Joining forces toward better services“.
The event was organized by IAWD in cooperation with the City of Subotica and PUC Waterworks and Sewerage Subotica, a member utility of IAWD. The gathering was attended by approx. 90 participants from the leading water and sewerage companies from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia, the benchmarking Hubs coordinators for Bulgaria, Ukraine and the Danube region, national water utility associations as well as representatives of IAWD, the Association of Local Self-Governments of South East Europe (NALAS), the Association of Public Water Companies of Europe (Aqua Publica Europea - APE), the Belgrade Faculty of Civil Engineering, Imperial College London and TCC-Danubius.
In addition, the event was supported by a number of private companies such as Barthauer Software GmbH from Braunschweig, Germany, JIE-Engineering doo from Belgrade, EnPlus d.o.o. from Belgrade, Petrol d.d. from Ljubljana, Qubiqo d.o.o. from Sofia from Bulgaria and regional RENEXPO fair and conferences.
One highlight of the event was the signing of a Partnership Agreement by four utilities and their municipalities, i.e. Subotica, Bijeljina, Novi Sad and Szeged, all of them participating in the Danube Hub operated under the D-LeaP Utility Benchmarking Program and three of them being IAWD members (Subotica, Bijeljina and Szeged).