(21 February 2014) As the debate for the human right to water reaches the European Parliament, in Spain citizens have taken the streets of Alcazar de San Juan to stop the water privatization. A city of around 30.000 inhabitants has collected over 11.000 signatures against the proposed water privatization and over 1000 citizens have blocked the city council and occupy the building on the eve of the vote.
EPSU has sent a solidarity message to the citizens of Alcazar de San Juan.
If you (...)
(EPSU Press release - 17 February 2014) The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met today Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss the implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water in the European legislation. After having received 1,680,172 valid statements, (with 13 countries having collected the minimum number) the representatives of the citizens committee demanded the European Commission to recognise and implement the right to water and sanitation (...)
EPSU Press communication – Brussels 14 February - The first ever successful European Citizens Initiative (ECI) will meet on Monday EU Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss with the Commission its response to the demands of the ECI.
The ECI Right2Water has submitted 1.66 million valid statements to the Commission. The representatives of the citizens committee are invited to the European Commission on Monday morning. The European Parliament has a public (...)
(27 January 2014) The citizens committee of the European Citizens initiative has received the confirmation that it will meet the European Commission on 17 February. It will also participate in the hearing at the European Parliament (from 3pm until 6.30pm).
The right2water ECI, in which EPSU has played a major role, has collected over 1.68 million valid signatures and has already sent to the commission their demands.
The details for registering to the public hearing will be made available (...)
(23 January 2014) The Thessaloniki water company EYATH is threatened with privatisation, much like the Athens company EYAD. The privatisations are part of the Troika imposed austerity programme and heartily supported by the Eurozone group of ministers. On the occasion of presentations of the Greek privatisation agency HRDAF (Taiped) to investors like Suez environment the workers organised a strike calling on Suez Environment to go home, 15 January 2014. Mayors of the municipalities burst (...)
(6 January 2014) The actions of the unions and social movements against the privatisation of the water companies also continued during the Xmas. A group of supporters staged Xmas songs in support of the campaign to keep water in public hands in Thessaloniki,
(First Greek, then English text) Τα κάλαντα του SOSτε το ΝΕΡΟ, παραμονή Πρωτοχρονιάς στο κέντρο της Θεσσαλονίκης " Στο ΤΑΙΠΕΔ μας ρίξανε και το νερό πουλάνε να ξεπουλήσουν θέλουνε χωρίς να μας ρωτάνε Πικρά το μετανιώσανε όσοι το ’χαν πουλήσει Πίσω ξανά το πήρανε στη (...)
(6 January 2014) Municipal elections will take place in Greece in May 2014. Together with the European elections they will be an important indicator of the judgement of Greeks on their government policies of austerity. These policies include the privatisation of the water companies in Athens and Thessaloniki, the second largest city.
A series of opinion polls was conducted to get a feeling for voter preferences in November and December 2013. While mainly focused on political preferences, (...)
(Brussels 10 December) 10 December is human rights day. We celebrate and remember the struggle of many for human rights and dignity. The European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!” is proud to be part of that struggle that unites many on our planet. It has engaged hundred thousands in Europe to demand that the European Commission takes steps to implement the right to water as adopted by the UN in 2010.
The ECI collected more then 1.85 million signatures after a long campaign that (...)
(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 (...)