Western Europe Western Europe is EBC's core market. Building on the experience for Western Europe EBC has become a renowed initiative in benchmarking and performance improvement. Danube Water Program Local associations, EBC Foundation and Danube Water Program have joined forces on several regional benchmarking programmes. Albania & Kosovo Bulgaria Ex-Yu reg. Ukraine Danube region EBC participants globally In 2017, 47 companies from 20 different countries joined EBC's annual benchmarking exercise in Western Europe. Three of these utilities are from outside Europe (Singapore, United States and Oman). EBC's benchmarking process EBC's benchmarking methodology is fully aligned with the IWA/AWWA-benchmarking framework, distinguishing between performance assessment and performance improvement. How to join IB2017 EBC offers a learning-orientated benchmarking programme. Participants to the benchmarking exercise will be able to compare the performance of their own utility with that of peers and collect objective performance information for use in communication to stakeholders. IB2016 Public report The IB2016 Public Report highlights the results from the benchmarking exercise that ended in December 201. 47 utilities from 20 countries participated.