(Brussels 10 September) As of yesterday the national branches of the right2water.eu campaign have been handing in the signatures collected to the respective national authorities. We are now demanding that the European Commission to implements the Human Right to water and sanitation in European Union basic legislation.
As thousands of water specialists gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, there will be a lot of discussions around technical and efficient delivery of water but too few conversations on the nature of water as a public and democratic good.
(3 September 2013) Today we surpassed the quorum of signatures for Hungary. In a joint effort by several civil society groups and trade unions we collected over 15.000 signatures in two weeks time in Hungary for our European Citizens' Initiative "Water is a human right!".
(28 August 2013) News Splash n°21: On 9 September we will close the collection of online signatures for our European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a human right!” In these last few days we will continue our efforts to achieve as many signatures as possible
(26 August 2013) Over 130 civil society organisations, trade unions and individuals from Greece, Europe and around the world have teamed up with 50 Members of the European Parliament to send a letter to the bidders of the public water company in Thessaloniki urging them to drop their bid.
(22 August 2013) After 7 weeks of walking from North Cape in Norway our pilgrim Steffen Pfeiffer has reached the ferry in Oslo and crossed over to Denmark. There he will continue his journey to Santiago de Compostela. We congratulate Steffen with reaching this first milestone!
(21 August 2013) Lithuanian TV personality Ignas Krupavicius organized meetings in libraries in different cities in Lithuania where he talked with people about the European Citizens‘ Initiative „Water is a human right!“
(8 August 2013) European and international media have widely reported on the decision of Mayor Pál Fürjes of the Hungarian town Ózd to reduce water pressure or stop supplying altogether some 88 roadside pumps, Friday 2 August. The mayor claimed this was too expensive. The decision effected several hundreds of families and hit especially a number of poor neighborhoods hard that have a large Roma population.
(24 July 2013) Despite the fact that international experience shows that water privatization is harmful to the interests of citizens, the Greek government is pushing ahead with privatizing water supply and sewerage companies
(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.