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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.

Why Water is a Public Service - German translation available

(1st December 2015) Although many municipalities are remunicipalising their water and other services the European institutions continue their pressure to seek privatisation. This is most notable in the case of Greece where privatisation of water services is again part of the proposals the EU agreed with greece in July 2015. This despite that the Greek people have clearly spoken out against this. They did this first by supporting the European Citizens’ Initiative Right2Water and then by (...)

EPSU supports for UN General Assembly to recognise human rights to water and sanitation

(12 November 2015) The UN is currently considering a resolution on the Human Rights to water and sanitation. There is discussion to split the human right to water and sanitation to ensure that the right to sanitation get’s more focus. Worldwide 2.4 billion people lack proper access. It is one of the Millenium Development Goals that have not been reached. The resolution before the Assembly includes the definition of the Human Rights Council of 2014. It says that "the human right to water (...)

Right2Water MEP, Lynn Boylan, Speaks at EPSU Executive

(Brussels, 3 November 2015) Irish MEP Lynn Boylan spoke today at the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) in Brussels. Ms Boylan was the rapporteur for the Report on the follow up of the European’s Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water, a Europe-wide petition which secured 1.9 million signatures. The ECI called for access to water for all, the defence of public water against liberalisation and for the EU to ensure universal access to water and (...)

Victory for citizens, victory for the Human Right to Water!

(Press release- 8 September 2015) Another milestone for the Human Right to Water. With today’s vote the EP demands that the EC make concrete legislative proposals to recognize the human right to water and sanitation as defined by the UN. This victory is for the supporters of the Right to Water and also for democracy in the European Union. This vote adds support to the 1.9 million signature collected, backs up what the candidates to the Presidency of the European Commission previously (...)

Parliament called upon to support first ever successful European Citizens Initiative Right2Water, not to obstruct it.

(Press release- Brussels, 4 September 2015) The European Parliament will vote on the first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) www.Right2water.eu 8 September. The Environmental Committee of the EP supported the demands of the nearly 2 million people that signed. The demands include that the European Commission proposes legislation to recognise the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the European Union based on the UN Resolution of 2010. It will be the Member States that implement it. (...)

Human Right to Water: EP takes key step towards EU recognition

(Press Release – 29 June 2015) The demands of the first ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water received overwhelming support from Members of European Parliament, who voted on an own-initiative report in the Environment Committee. This report demands the European Commission to implement the human rights to water and sanitation in EU Legislation. Also, MEPs positioned themselves to exclude water services from trade agreements such as TTIP, the proposed trade agreement (...)

European Parliament Environment Committee formally supports Human Right to Water

(25 June 2015) This morning the Environment and Public Health Committee voted by an absolute majority to send a strong message to the European Commission to act on the Human Right to Water. The report by the Irish MEP Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) has been adopted and it will be discussed and voted in the Plenary. In the report the Committee demands the European Commission to act on the first successful European Citizens Initiative and to implement the Human Right to Water in the EU legislation (...)

Decent Work and Human Right to Water and Sanitation must be in the SDGs!

(24 June 2015) This week negotiations on the final text for the Sustainable Development Goals are taking place in the UN. The outcome should be the final agreement that world leaders will sign for in the Summit in September. We ask you to lobby your governments to include references to Decent Work and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. In attachment you can read our list of suggestions. The ‘zero-draft’ can be read here Our recommendations/ suggestions for amendments are to add (...)

The vote for the Right to Water at the European Parliament approaches

(19 June 2015) In a few days the European Parliament will vote for the first time ever on the outcome of a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) – the right to water (www.right2water.eu). The European Commission (EC) responded positively to the ECI with a Communication on which Members of the European Parliament can express their opinion. Next Thursday, 25 June, the European Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee (together with the Development Committee) will vote on the Human (...)

French constitutional council bans water cut-offs

Last week we received the news that the French multinationals must comply with the law. No water provider may cut-off or disconnect service from a primary residence, even if the bills have not been paid. This decision is final, there will be no appeal. On Friday, 29 May, France’s Constitutional Council [1] rejected the demands of SAUR (the third largest French water multinational corporation), which alleged that a Law passed 15 April 2013 (loi Brottes n°2013-312) violated its ‘freedom to (...)

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