About our Campaign

 

Who we are

Citizens' Committee:
List of members (pdf)

Organisations:
EPSU, EAPN, EEB, EPHA, ETUC, WECF, Social Platform, APE, PSI

National Contacts:
List of National Contacts (pdf)

About our Campaign

All citizens need clean drinking water and quality sanitation. We ask the European Union to guarantee these human rights through the promotion of water supply and sanitation as essential public services for all. These rights must be implemented. Our aim is to collect one million signatures from all over Europe to make this happen.

The European Union should set binding targets for all Member States to achieve 100% coverage of water and sanitation services in Europe. We believe that the European Union should also make a bigger effort towards achieving universal access to water and sanitation outside the European Union. Millions of people are still deprived of these services.

Our goals:

  1. Guaranteed water and sanitation for all in Europe. 
  2. No liberalisation of water services.
  3. Universal (Global) access to water and sanitation.

This campaign is a tool to commit the EU and Member States to implement the human right to water and sanitation. It is a tool to change the mind-set in the European Commission from a market-based approach with the focus on competition to a rights-based approach with the focus on public service. It aims to achieve universal (global) access to water and sanitation and to safeguard the limited public water resources for future generations.

What we want

Guaranteed water and sanitation services for all in the European Union.
We believe that the European Union must implement the human right to water insofar as water and sanitation services are subject to European law (as a service of general interest). The European Union must promote national implementation of this human right by setting binding targets for all Member States to achieve universal coverage.

Human Rights above market interests: No liberalisation of water services.
We want the EU to change their mind-set from its current focus on competition and completely market-based approach, to a public service attitude and a rights-based approach. Water is a limited natural resource and a public good fundamental for life and health. It is a ‘natural’ monopoly and must be kept out of internal market rules.

Global/Universal access to water and sanitation for all.
We believe that the EU should make a bigger effort for water and sanitation to be enjoyed universally. The EU must set targets and make the achievement of universal (global) access to water and sanitation part of its Development policy. By doing so the EU will actively promote that the right to water and sanitation can be enjoyed globally.

Our proposals to the European Commission to implement the human right to water and sanitation:

  1. To use the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in all communications on Water and/or Sanitation.
  2. To guarantee water (safe, clean and affordable) and sanitation services to all of the populations in EU Member States.
  3. To refrain from turning water services into commercial services by excluding water from internal market rules. This can be achieved by a commitment of the European Commission:
  4. Not to liberalise water and sanitation services.
  5. Not to include water and sanitation services in Trade Agreements such as CETA.
  6. To promote Public-Public Partnerships.
  7. To enshrine the “water is not a commodity” principle of the Water Framework Directive in all EU water and water-related policies.
  8. To define that protecting our water environment will prevail over commercial policies.
  9. To initiate support programmes for people that can not pay their bill with the aim to prevent disconnections of users.
  10. To ensure that private water companies operating water services provide complete transparency and openness regarding their contracts (no role for commercial confidentiality in this public service).
  11. To promote citizens’ participation in accordance with the water framework directive.
  12. To increase access to water and sanitation worldwide, by making the achievement of universal access to water and sanitation part of EU development policy.
  13. To promote Public-public partnerships (Water Operator Partnerships) based on not-for-profit principles and solidarity between water operators and workers in different countries.
  14. To enshrine into law that control over water and water resources must remain in public hands.
  15. To support public water companies in the EU and other countries that lack the capital to invest in the extension of Water and Sanitation services to the poor.
  16. To promote water operators to dedicate a percentage of their annual turnover for water operator partnerships in developing countries. (like in The Netherlands and in France).
  17. To promote a European benchmarking system to raise quality public water services.
  18. To design a governance code for water companies in the EU-27.

For more information: info@right2water.eu