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Droughts and water scarcity were not perceived as a Europe-wide problem until the early 2000s. It was regarded as a problem only occurs in southern Europe due to regional climate conditions. However, the improving information and data shows that droughts and water scarcity are no longer rarely experienced extreme events in Europe. Frequency and the area affected by either droughts or water scarcity are increasing and continuously expanding towards to central and western Europe as well as to those areas important for industry, electricity production and cities hosting millions of inhabitants. Today, on average, every year around 20 % of European territory and 30 % of total population is affected by water scarcity conditions (EEA, 2018b).

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