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EPSU represents Europe’s water and sewerage workers in both public and private companies. Some of these private companies are large transnational companies.

EPSU cooperates with Public Services International.

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.


O Presidente da Zona Euro e O ministro das Finanças holandês Dijsselbloem sofreram uma derrota esmagadora na saga grega, segundo o comunicado

Presidente de la eurozona y ministro de finanzas holandés Dijsselbloem sufre una derrota demoledora en su saga griega

Le Président de l’Eurozone et Ministre des finances Néerlandais Dijsselbloem souffre d’une écrasante défaite dans la saga Grecque

Πανωλεθρία των σχεδίων του Πρόεδρου της Ευρωζώνης και του Ολλανδού Υπουργού Οικονομικών Dijsselbloem για την ΕΥΑΘ

Eurozone President and Dutch Finance Minister Dijsselbloem suffers crushing defeat in Greek saga

(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 (...)

European Commission starts to implement its response to ECI

(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 (...)

Victory for democracy, Suez must listen to the people of Thessaloniki!

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 (...)

Right to water condemns Greek government for obstructing water referendum!

(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, (...)

Water turns back into public hands in Montpellier

(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. Next to (...)

EPSU supports No vote in Thessaloniki Water Referendum; asks Suez Environment to respect outcome

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 (...)

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