(16 April 2014) Our ECI-campaign has been nominated for the European Democratic Citizenship Award in the category of Best Campaign 2013, by the European Civic Forum.

(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.

El candidato de los verdes, Ska Keller, de los socialdemócratas, Martin Schulz, de los cristianodemócratas, Jean-Claude Juncker y de la izquierda europea, Alexis Tsipras, quien incluso grabó un videoclip declararon todos su apoyo de la ICE Right2Water (derecho  al agua, en castellano-)

(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 de marzo 2014) La Comisión Europea (CE) ha publicado hoy una comunicación exponiendo su respuesta oficial a la primera Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea (ICE) exitosa que pide “incluir en la ley europea del derecho humano al agua al saneamiento”. La Comisión Europea reafirma la importancia del derecho humano al agua y al saneamiento y explicita su importancia como un bien público y un valor fundamental. También reafirma que “el agua no es una mercancía”. Sin embargo, se queda ahí.

(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.

Lunes 17 de Febrero tuvo lugar nuestra audiencia en el Parlamento Europeo (PE) de la Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea "El agua es un derecho humano", y la sala estaba entusiasta! Es la primera vez que un proceso de ICE tiene lugar, por lo que es muy bueno que el tema del agua haga su camino

(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.


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