(26 November 2013) EPSU, PSI and several NGOs have written to Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Development) to express concern about the future of EU support for non-profit partnership projects in the water sector in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. There are indications that the development aid funding that was made available for public-public partnerships a few years ago, the so-called EU Water Facility, may be phased out, despite the success of the projects supported (...)
(24 October 2013) From October 8-11, our global federation PSI (Public Services International) and a small group of NGO’s attended the Budapest Water Summit. They wrote a brief report that we would like to share with you to better understand the corporate influence within the global water policy agenda.
The Budapest Water Summit was organized by the Hungarian government and the United Nations in partnership with the World Water Council (WWC), the corporate-led “multi-stakeholder” forum and (...)
(11 October 2013) On Saturday 5 and 6 October, a coordinating meeting of the active members of the European water movement took place in Brussels with representatives from different civil society organisations from Spain, France, Greece, Germany and Italy as well as representatives from European and Global level.
The meeting was used, amongst other things, to discuss the further steps for civil society organisations that have been supporting the European Citizens Initiative (...)
(18 September 2013-Press communication) Social justice, environmental, and labour organizations in Europe are applauding the city of Bern for taking a bold new step to protect water as a commons. Launched by the Blue Planet Project based in Canada, the Blue Communities certification requires municipal governments to pass legislation recognizing water as a human right and pledging to promote and protect public water and sanitation services.
Aqua Publica Europea, the European Federation of (...)
(Brussels 10 September - press communication) 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.
The campaign is an undeniable success. The broad coalition of supporters that has campaigned throughout the 17 months since the application was (...)
(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. This happened in the middle of a heat wave reaching 40 degrees and saw hundreds queuing (...)
(30 July 2013) With a view to 25 years of the privatisation of the water sector in 2014, our affiliated union UNISON has commissioned a report about the water industry in the UK. The report demonstrates that the water industry in England needs radical reform. The report shows the reasons why and gives a number of recommendations in, what UNISON’s water sector chair Mike Dinneen says: “a wake up call for what is happening in the water industry in England”!
A lot has happened in the water (...)
(26 July 2013) Two French unions have supported the demands of the Thessaloniki unions and social action groups to keep the Thessaloniki Water company in public hands. They have written to the French minister responsible. The French state still has a considerable interest through its dominant shareholding position in GdfSuez.
To read the unions statement:
motion CGT (...)
(24 July 2013) A large group of Greek, European and international organisations, networks and others have requested the bidders for the Thessaloniki Water and Sewage Company to withdraw their bids. They want the bidders to respect the wishes of the workers and local communities who do not want their company to be run by private operators.
All of the companies that are bidding have Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies that claim to respect and work with the local communities. If (...)
(10 June 2013) EYATh, the water workers union from Thessaloniki thanks EPSU for our support to their fight against privatisation of the Greek water utilities. see the website in Greek
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.
The banner reads:
SOSte to NERO (SOS (...)