Press release - One million signatures for water as a Human Right has started !

(21 June 2012) On April 1st the first European Citizens Initiative (ECI) on water was registered at the European Commission (EC). This ECI is sponsored by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and it enjoys broad support from civil society at European level as well as in all 27 European Union (EU) Member States.

On May 10th we officially started to collect signatures and today June 21st we give the starting signal for the paper collection. In tens of European cities trade unionists, environmentalists, citizens, etc will make photos and collect signatures to reclaim water as a common good and not a commodity - as called for in the title of the ECI. The campaign is run by the citizens committee that includes trade union leaders, members of the civil society and academics.

Many actions will take place in cities and towns associated with symbolic and worldly renowned fountains such as the Fontana di Trevi in Rome or the Manneken Pis in Brussels. Photos and actions will take place in Copenhagen, Prague, Ankara, Bournemouth, Rome, Manchester, Ghent, Berlin, Munich, Brussels, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Hamburg, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Leipzig… and many others. Photos of the different events and the collection of signatures will be posted in our website : www.right2water.eu.

From today many other cities will be collecting signatures during the summer events or profiting of different mobilisations in defense of the welfare state and public services like the “blue tide” in Madrid on June 24.

“Water as a Human Right!” is the first up and running ECI ever and the campaign covers all 27 EU Members States in the 23 official languages of the European Union.

“Today we launch the street signature collection” said Citizens Committee and EPSU President, Anne Marie-Perret, “with this campaign we want to make the link between water as a Human Right and the International Public Services Day on June 23”.

The Citizens Committee counts to collect over a million signatures by may 2013.

For more information contact, Pablo Sanchez psanchez@epsu.org 0032 474 62 66 33






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