(17 July 2013) News Splash n° 20: With only seven weeks left to go, our European Citizens’ Initiative has collected over 1.7 Million signatures and we have achieved success in twelve countries. Greece, Italy and Spain have joined the list of countries where we campaign successfully
(11 July 2013) At their national assembly the French ‘Greens’ have adopted a resolution in which they adhere support to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!”
The greens recognise the pressure that would be put on our most precious natural resource if it would be privatised or if the services would be opened for competition as planned in the concessions directive. Thanks to this awareness the European Commissioner has excluded water services from the scope of the concession directive.
(10 July 2013) EPSU stands with the Greek unions and citizens, because privatisation of water will only increase suffering for the Greek people and will make that the borrowed EU money will leave Greece again as profits for the foreign owner of the water company, once it is privatised.
(2 July 2013) That is what Greek citizens ask while wondering if the exclusion of water services form the concessions directive would change anything with regards to their water utilities that are still up for sale. We hope that the Greek government will listen to its citizens as well as Commissioner Barnier did to European citizens.
(24 June 2013) European Commissioner Barnier, responsible for the internal market and the concessions directive has announced that he will propose to the Commission to take water and sanitation services out of the scope of the directive on concessions.
(20 June 2013) On 29 June starts a pilgrimage from Northkapp in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain for the promotion of the human right to water and sanitation.
Steffen Pfeiffer (D) will walk 6600 kilometres in six months time in support of the European Citizens’ Initiative
(13 June 2013) In a declaration that was released today the city council of Luxembourg states that: “water is a public good and cannot be seen as a commodity. It is responsibility of public authorities to ensure the provision, the quality and affordability of drinking water. This fundamental responsibility must be in municipal hands”.
(12 June 2013) A combination of opposing privatisation and putting forward practical alternatives is helping water campaigners mount an effective challenge to austerity in Greece. Right2water is with the Greek citizens and the citizens’ movement ‘Initiative 136’ to keep water companies in public hands. The idea of ‘ Initiative 136’ is that if every water user bought a non-transferable share, ‘the public could own the water company through a system of neighbourhood co-operatives of water users coming together through a single overall co‑operative’.
(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