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.
(Brussels, 30 June 2014 - EPSU Press communication) The privatization of the Greek water companies in Athens and Thessaloniki has been frozen. This was the news reported to the General Assembly of the Thessaloniki water company (EYATH) today. Workers representatives cheered the report that the ongoing privatisation of the public company is in direct conflict with a decision of the Council of State which had decreed that the privatization of the Athens water company sought by the Greek (...)
(25 June 2014) The European Commission has launched a consultation on the quality of drinking water supply in response to the ECI right2water, the only successful ECI so far.
We invite the civil society and European citizens to participate in this consultation and to address the human rights aspect of water, the responsibility of governments to provide the service, the fact that it is a “natural monopoly” (there is no market!) and to address that outsourcing or delegation of services do NOT (...)
European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) - Press Communication – 19 May 2014 (Greek & French translation below)
The citizens of Thessaloniki held a self-organised referendum on the privatisation of their water company yesterday, 18 May 2014. They overwhelming rejected proposals to privatise the company with 98% of votes against. The referendum was organised with the local support of the 11 municipalities of the metropolitan area. The mayors defied a last-minute attempt by (...)
(French and Greek version below) (18 May 2014) Yesterday the Greek government, through a circular by Minister of the Interior G. Michelakis, declared “illegal” the self organised water referendum threatening the organizers with arrest for “obstructing the electoral process”.
The volunteers behind the referendum that was announced in the a public meeting of the grassroots movement SOS te to Nero while the right2water European Citizens Initiative hearing was being watched 17 February 2014, (...)
(14 May 2014) Water is a public good! It is essential for life. With these words the mayor of Montpellier, Mr. M. Saurel, announced that the Montpellier municipality would take back control over its water supply.
The Mayor said that the city aims for a lower price and for a new approach to water services. The city will terminate the contract with Veolia that has run the service for 25 years on 1 January 2015 and from then the municipality will provide the service for seven years.
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EPSU Press communication – 14 May 2014
Thessaloniki referendum on future of water company 18 May 2014
Local coalition campaigns for NO vote to privatisation, NO to corporate take-over
International team of observers will monitor referendum
Greek government and French multinational Suez Environment asked to respect outcome.
The Greek government wants to sell the water and sanitation company of Thessaloniki. It hopes to gain money to reduce the state debt. Privatisation of public (...)