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(15 April 2014) News Splash n° 25: On 19 March,  the European Commission published its Communication in reply to our successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The Communication recalls the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that “water  is not a commercial product”.  While, this is not a policy change,  it is a change in language about water.

(3 April 2014) PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli was in Chile attending the inauguration ceremony of President Michelle Bachelet. She urged the new government to take Chile’s water back into public hands and to do this before the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement is finalised; once approved, this new treaty will block any signatory government from remunicipalising public services such as water.

Pressemitteilung –  26. März 2014 Die Spitzenkandidatinnen und -kandidaten der Grünen, Ska Keller, der Sozialdemokraten, Martin Schulz, der Christendemokraten, Jean-Claude Juncker, und der Europäischen Linken, Alexis Tsipras (er hat sogar ein Video mit einer Unterstützungsbotschaft gedreht) stehen alle voll und ganz hinter der Europäischen Bürgerinitiative „Wasser ist ein Menschenrecht“

(20 March 2014) Following on from the decisive result of the Italian referendum on private management of water services in 2011, Lazio’s regional government has unanimously passed a law that will facilitate management of water services being passed to local authorities.

(19. März 2014) Die Europäische Kommission (EK) hat heute in einer Mitteilung ihre offizielle Antwort auf die erste erfolgreiche Bürgerinitiative auf Europäischer Ebene (EBI) veröffentlicht. Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative fordert „das Menschenrecht auf Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung im Europäischen Recht umzusetzen.“ In ihrer Antwort bestätigt und betont die Kommission die Bedeutung des Menschenrechts auf Wasser und Abwasserentsorgung sowie die Wichtigkeit von Wasser als öffentlichem Gut von grundlegendem Wert. Sie erklärt, „Wasser ist kein kommerzielles Produkt“.

(19 March 2014) The European Citizens’ Initiative “right2water” is the latest of campaigns against water privatisation which have had remarkable success across the globe. Major water multinationals such as French groups Suez and Veolia have retreated from much of their business in developing countries

Yesterday (13 March) a bizarre article appeared on the front-page of European Voice (EV) suggesting that the Commission would turn down our demands. The journalist claimed to have information from a senior official, giving as a reason that

(11 March 2014) An investigation by the Court of Auditors in Portugal has uncovered the true consequences of private management of the water sector: private companies pocket hefty profits whilst residents and local authorities are left to pick up the bill.

(21 June 2014) As the debate for the human right to water reaches the European Parliament, in Spain citizens have taken the streets of Alcazar de San Juan to stop the water privatization. A city of around 30.000 inhabitants has collected over 11.000 signatures against  the proposed water privatization and over 1000 citizens have blocked the city council and occupy the building on the eve of the vote.

EPSU has sent a solidarity message to the citizens of Alcazar de San Juan.

Am Montag den  17. Februar hatten wir unsere Anhörung im Europäischen Parlament (EP ) für unsere europäischen Bürgerinitiative „Wasser ist ein Menschenrecht! " – Und der Raum war brechend voll!

(EPSU Press release- 17 February 2014) The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met today Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss the implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water in the European legislation.
 

EPSU Press communication – 14 February 2014 - The first ever successful European Citizens Initiative (ECI) will meet on Monday EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss with the Commission its response to the demands of the ECI.

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