Water and sanitation are a human right!

Water is a public good, not a commodity. We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all. The EU legislation should require governments to ensure and to provide all citizens with sufficient and clean drinking water and sanitation. We urge that:

  1. The EU institutions and Member States be obliged to ensure that all inhabitants enjoy the right to water and sanitation.
  2. Water supply and management of water resources not be subject to ‘internal market rules’ and that water services are excluded from liberalisation.
  3. The EU increases its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

Latest News

(8 September 2016) Based on the experience of EPSU and the supporters of the European Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a position.

(16 August 2016) Following elections in which the return of water into public hands was a big theme, the authorities have followed up, cancelled the water concession and created a public company.  The reasons for remunicipalization are f

 

(24 March 2016) Spain’s largest private operator Agbar has enjoyed a monopoly in the Metropolitan area of Barcelona by supplying 28 municipalities out of 36 including the city of Barcelona.