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Three months left to reach 2 Million signatures! The countdown has started
(6 June 2013) News Splash n°19: On 9 September 2013, the European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!” will stop collecting signatures and will hand them all in to national authorities for validation in that week. With over 1.6 million collected, the goal of 2 million signatures is within reach.
Last week the Netherlands became the ninth country to pass the threshold. Spain will very likely be country number 10. Our campaign also received a big boost in France last week when writer Marc Levy and Anne Hidalgo, a candidate for mayor of Paris declared their support. A few days earlier we had had another major success when Cécile Duflot, French minister of housing and land management, signed up at the Green Party’s (EELC) national convention. This was the first time that an acting minister has supported the ECI.
The latest figures by country and the minimum number of signatures required per country can be seen on our website: http://www.right2water.eu/node/37/view . We have passed the threshold in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Finland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Other countries should follow! Therefore we ask YOU again to promote the ECI “Water is a human right!” among your friends and colleagues, at workplaces and at other places where people meet, and through social media. By collecting more signatures, we can put even more pressure on the European Commission to get our proposals turned in European legislation.
Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public good, not a commodity! Many millions of people continue to be deprived of clean, safe and affordable water and sanitation, even in Europe. The European Commission can do something about it, but WE have to put it on their agenda! Please continue to promote our ECI! Signature forms are available for each country on our website http://www.right2water.eu/signature-forms. They have our logo and a return address on it.
You can sign either on paper or online: www.right2water.eu
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