(28 March 2012) On April 1st a new legal tool enters into force in the European Union (EU) to increase the citizens participation in the decision making process. The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is a democratic tool for citizens to set the EU political agenda.

(22 de marzo 2012)  El Día mundial del agua ha marcado la inauguración de la página web de la campaña por la Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea El derecho al agua y el saneamiento como derecho humano - El agua no es un bien comercial, sino un bien público.

News Splash n° 3 : Cuando faltan unos días para la presentación, el 1 de abril, de la Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea (ICE) El derecho al agua y el saneamiento como derecho humano, los preparativos van a toda marcha.

EPSU Press communication - (22 March 2012) World Water Day – Launch of the website  for European Citizen Initiative “Water is a Human Right not a commodity”

(19 March 2012) In a well attended side event that was co-hosted by EPSU, CUPE and Unison, the public sector and civil society view on the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation came in focus.

Call to action for the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

We, the undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned that the 6th World Water Forum
plans to adopt a Ministerial Declaration that fails to commit States to the realization of the
human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 6th World Water forum is held under
the slogan “It’s time for solutions and commitments.” Yet the draft Ministerial Declaration falls
short of commitments that virtually all UN Member States have already made.

News Splash n° 2 : En esta fase previa a la puesta en marcha de la Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea para la implementación del derecho humano al agua y el saneamiento, los sindicatos de servicios públicos y la FSESP buscan el apoyo y la formación de alianzas con todos los sectores de la sociedad civil.

News Splash n° 1 : El 1 de abril será la fecha de puesta en marcha de la primera Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea sobre el agua, de la mano de un comité ciudadano que cuenta con el pleno apoyo de la Federación Sindical Europea de Servicios Públicos

On March 4 the Platform against the privatization of the Canal Isabel II and the 15-M Movement organized a popular consultation in the region of Madrid to vote over the privatization of the Canal Isabel II [the only existing canal in Spain]. This popular consultation had over 166.000 people voting. 165.000 voting to keep the company 100% in public hands and 1227 people voting against.

Professor Mildred Warner says public water boards with local leadership and input offer the best model for helping developing countries improve their water quality and delivery. European public utilities have proven to be important partners in helping counterparts in developing countries.

When the European Commission launched an investigation early this year into possible price fixing by French water utilities, the move added ammunition to campaign groups that oppose privatisation of a vital public resource.
A new report challenges the notion that corporations can deliver better service, leading to calls to roll-back liberalisation of water services in Europe and beyond.


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