Water is a vital resource. However, it is becoming increasingly scarce due to the climate crisis. Not only humans and nature, but also sectors such as agriculture, energy and the textile industry need large quantities. To find solutions to the major challenges we face, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is calling for a Blue Deal for the EU. Modelled on the EU Green Deal, the intention is to create a European strategy to ensure good management of the "blue gold" for people, the economy and our planet. An event organised by AK EUROPA, the European Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation ÖGB and younion­ _Die Daseinsgewerkschaft took up this important topic on 21 September 2023.