(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. We noted that even if a ECI is successful the Commission can almost ignore it. And this despite a positive and supportive report of the European Parliament. The report also takes account of the problems we encounter organising the ECI.
(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 familiar: underinvestment in infrastructure, high tariffs and lack of democratic control. People get disconnected when they have difficulty paying their bill.
In a huge victory for the Right2Water movement in Europe, the Slovenian National Assembly has voted to begin the process of amending the constitution to include the right to ‘safe drinking water.’ This follows 55,000 Slovenians, nearly 3% of the entire population, signing a petition in favour of including the right to water in the constitution.
(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. Aigua és Vida – the Catalan platform Water for Life - revealed in 2010 that Agbar operated without concession contracts in 17 cases, and thus that there was no legal basis for these municipal concessions.
We regret to inform you that due to events in Brussels this morning our World Water Day action has had to be cancelled in Brussels. Our thoughts are with all those affected, their friends and families. EPSU staff are safe and we thank you for your concern, and for your ongoing support for Right2Water.
(22 March 2016) On World Water Day it will be two years since the EPSU-led Right2Water campaign became the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative. Then a new and untested campaign tool, our ECI nearly doubled the minimum number of signatures required, reaching a total 1,884,790 supporters by the time it was submitted in December 2013. But the momentum didn’t stop there. The candidates for Commission President in the European elections, including current President Juncker, and President Schulz of the European Parliament all endorsed Right2Water.
(4 February 2016) The Water Group of the European Parliament has come under scrutiny of transparency campaigners. Chaired by Dutch MEP and member of the EPP the group is run by the Secretariat of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform.
(21 January 2016) The European Parliament has supported the demands of the ECI Right2Water. The Commission continues to stall. It does not propose new legislation. Struggles at national level to realise the right2water continue in several countries. In a series of blogs we underline how the the right2water struggles go together with other fights of workers and citizens against austerity and corporate power.
(12 November 2015) The UN is currently considering a resolution on the Human Rights to water and sanitation. There is discussion to split the human right to water and sanitation to ensure that the right to sanitation get’s more focus.
Worldwide 2.4 billion people lack proper access. It is one of the Millenium Development Goals that have not been reached.
(Communiqué à la presse- 8 septembre 2015) Une autre étape importante pour le droit humain à l'eau a été franchie, aujourd’hui 8 septembre 2015, avec le vote du Parlement européen pour exiger de la Commission Européenne de faire des propositions législatives concrètes pour reconnaître le droit humain à l'eau et à l'assainissement tel que défini par les Nations unies.
C’est une victoire pour les partisans du droit à l'eau mais également pour la démocratie dans l'Union européenne.