Please see also the www.acp-eu-waterpartnerships.org website - it helps water utilities, local authorities and civil society organisations access and use EU aid to build not-for-profit ACP-EU water partnerships.
(26 January 2015) The European Commission has presented the (statistical) results of the public consultation on drinking water in the EU in a meeting to the Drinking Water Directive Expert group on 18 December 2014. This group consists of government representative from the Member States and a limited number of stakeholders, mainly from the water industry, and including EPSU.
Clivia Conrad (Ver.di) participated in this meeting on behalf of EPSU and also represented the ECI Right2water.
(26 January 2015) If the European Parliament is positive about the first ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative Right to Water that wants the EU to recognise the human right to water and sanitation in the European Union, and if the European Commission would still refuse to act, the instrument of the ECI to promote more participation of citizens and more European debate will be dead. Which activist and which citizen would want to put resources into it to see it frustrated by (...)
(15 January 2015) An interesting article has been written about the history of problems since privatization of water services in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the possible end of it as Jakarta is currently striving to remunicipalise its water.
The article contains four fact-sheets that highlight different angles of the problems of privatization in Jakarta. 1. It is Time to End Water Privatization 2. The Impact of Water Privatization in Jakarta 3. The Unfair Cooperation Agreement on Water (...)
(29 October 2014) In response to our ECI “water is a human right!” the European Commission said it would explore “benchmarking” as a way to achieve better quality water services in the EU. As a first step it organised a multi-stakeholder meeting to discuss the subject and to hear the opinions of stakeholder in water services. As ECI organisers we were invited to explain our ideas of how benchmarking could help to improve quality water services in Europe. This meeting took place on 9 September. (...)
(23 October 2014) The European Economic and Social Committee which brings together employers, trade unions, consumers, farmers and representatives of other groups from all European countries calls on the European Commission to come forward with legislative proposals that honour the demands of the European Citizens Initiative Right2Water, the first ever successful ECI. The EESC urges the European Commission to propose legislation establishing access to water and sanitation as a human right (...)
(6 October 2014) On 9 October the Portuguese national parliament will vote for a law that should protect the human right and community rights to water and prevent privatisation of water supply companies in Portugal.
The law is a proposal of the coalition “Agua de Todos” that has collected over 40.000 signatures in Portugal last year to do this proposal.
Portuguese trade unions – EPSU affiliates – have supported this initiative and are part of the Agua de Todos coalition.
EPSU has supported (...)
(19 September 2014) Many people who can not afford to pay their water bill are cut off from water in Spain. It is estimated that 9.000.000 people have difficulties to pay their bill. The conservative party tries to privatise water services in many local municipalities were they rule leading to a situation in which more then 50% of water companies are in private and that is multinational hands. To debate these developments, the confederation UGT organised a meeting with its environmental (...)
(17 September 2014) In its response to our European Citizens’ Initiative, the European Commission stated that it would explore the possibility of promoting the benchmarking of water services (on quality and performance) as a way to increase transparency and information for final users.
On 9 September the Commission organized a stakeholder meeting in which we as ECI organizers have been invited to explain our ideas and demands. We criticized the Commission’s response to our ECI as (...)
(15 September 2014) With respect to the human right to water and sanitation, “right2water” has deliberately focused on the aspects of availability, accessibility and affordability of water supply and wastewater disposal. Quality of drinking water and security of supply – both important aspects of achieving this human right – are in principle effectively ensured by the Drinking Water Directive. Ongoing improvement of this Directive is desirable, but not sufficient to attain the goals of (...)