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(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

(13 May 2014) Check out here : a new documentary that explains why we oppose water privatisation in Greece. 

The people should not be paying the price for government failure. We hope the people will say NO to privatisation of the water services in the referendum in Thessaloniki on Sunday 18 may.

(8 May 2014) On May 18th, coinciding with the first round of the local elections, the citizens of Thessaloniki have organized themselves a popular referendum to give the chance to the people to express their opinion on the sale of the local publicly owned water company EYATH.

The campaign SOS te Nero, in which the local water union plays a key role, has been mobilizing for this referendum since it was decided on February 17 in an Assembly as the European Parliament was debating the ECI right2water.

(8 May 2014) Wednesday 7 May the signing ceremony took place in a crowded city hall in Zaragoza. The agreement consists in eight point for a public and participatory water management in Zaragoza and its surroundings.

(5 May 2014) The right2water campaign was nominated for the best campaign of the year award of the European civic forum, a transnational European network of over 100 civil society organisations from the EU member states. Individuals could vote for the nominees and the Right2Water campaign was voted the best.

(16 April 2014) Our ECI-campaign has been nominated for the European Democratic Citizenship Award in the category of Best Campaign 2013, by the European Civic Forum.

(15 April 2014) News Splash n° 25: On 19 March,  the European Commission published its Communication in reply to our successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). The Communication recalls the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that “water  is not a commercial product”.  While, this is not a policy change,  it is a change in language about water.

(3 April 2014) PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli was in Chile attending the inauguration ceremony of President Michelle Bachelet. She urged the new government to take Chile’s water back into public hands and to do this before the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement is finalised; once approved, this new treaty will block any signatory government from remunicipalising public services such as water.

Pressemitteilung –  26. März 2014 Die Spitzenkandidatinnen und -kandidaten der Grünen, Ska Keller, der Sozialdemokraten, Martin Schulz, der Christendemokraten, Jean-Claude Juncker, und der Europäischen Linken, Alexis Tsipras (er hat sogar ein Video mit einer Unterstützungsbotschaft gedreht) stehen alle voll und ganz hinter der Europäischen Bürgerinitiative „Wasser ist ein Menschenrecht“

(20 March 2014) Following on from the decisive result of the Italian referendum on private management of water services in 2011, Lazio’s regional government has unanimously passed a law that will facilitate management of water services being passed to local authorities.

(19. März 2014) Die Europäische Kommission (EK) hat heute in einer Mitteilung ihre offizielle Antwort auf die erste erfolgreiche Bürgerinitiative auf Europäischer Ebene (EBI) veröffentlicht. Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative fordert „das Menschenrecht auf Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung im Europäischen Recht umzusetzen.“ In ihrer Antwort bestätigt und betont die Kommission die Bedeutung des Menschenrechts auf Wasser und Abwasserentsorgung sowie die Wichtigkeit von Wasser als öffentlichem Gut von grundlegendem Wert. Sie erklärt, „Wasser ist kein kommerzielles Produkt“.

(19 March 2014) The European Citizens’ Initiative “right2water” is the latest of campaigns against water privatisation which have had remarkable success across the globe. Major water multinationals such as French groups Suez and Veolia have retreated from much of their business in developing countries

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