"The Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative for an Innovation Union proposed the concept of European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs). DG Environment, in close cooperation with DG Research and Innovation and other DG's, has launched a proposal for a European Innovation Partnership on Water, presented in aEuropean Commission Communication on 10 May 2012. The EU Member States, through Environment Council Conclusions on 11 June 2012, have endorsed the launch of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water."
"EUWI is an international political initiative, not a financial mechanism. It takes a partnership approach with national governments, donors, the water industry, NGOs and other stakeholders."
"WISE is a partnership between the European Commission (DG Environment, Joint Research Centre and Eurostat) and the European Environment Agency, known as “the Group of Four” (Go4)."