(8 May 2014) On May 18th, coinciding with the first round of the local elections, the citizens of Thessaloniki have organized themselves a popular referendum to give the chance to the people to express their opinion on the sale of the local publicly owned water company EYATH.
The campaign SOS te Nero, in which the local water union plays a key role, has been mobilizing for this referendum since it was decided on February 17 in an Assembly as the European Parliament was debating the ECI right2water.
(8 May 2014) Wednesday 7 May the signing ceremony took place in a crowded city hall in Zaragoza. The agreement consists in eight point for a public and participatory water management in Zaragoza and its surroundings.
(5 May 2014) The right2water campaign was nominated for the best campaign of the year award of the European civic forum, a transnational European network of over 100 civil society organisations from the EU member states. Individuals could vote for the nominees and the Right2Water campaign was voted the best.
(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.
(26 March 2014) The candidates of the Greens Ska Keller, the Social-democrats Martin Schulz, Christian-democrats Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Left Alexis Tsipras, who even made a videoclip, all came out in full support for the ECI Right2Water
(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 March 2014) The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.
(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.