(4 February 2016) The Water Group of the European Parliament has come under scrutiny of transparency campaigners. Chaired by Dutch MEP and member of the EPP the group is run by the Secretariat of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform.
(21 January 2016) The European Parliament has supported the demands of the ECI Right2Water. The Commission continues to stall. It does not propose new legislation. Struggles at national level to realise the right2water continue in several countries. In a series of blogs we underline how the the right2water struggles go together with other fights of workers and citizens against austerity and corporate power.
(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.
(7 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.
(25 June 2015) This morning the Environment and Public Health Committee together with the Development one voted by an absolute majority to send a strong message to the European Commission to act on the Human Right to water.
(24 June 2015) This week negotiations on the final text for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 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 want to see an explicit mention of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the final text.
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. 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 Right to water and sanitation in the European Union.
(9 June 2015) 10 UN experts issued a statement last week expressing strong concerns regarding the adverse effects of trade agreements and ISDS on human rights. They criticize the secret nature of the negotiations and more specific the Investor – State Dispute Settlement mechanism. ISDS chapters are anomalous in that they provide protection for investors but not for States or for the population. They allow investors to sue States but not vice-versa.
(18 May 2015) A year after the popular consultation that the people of Thessaloniki organised about the plans of the previous Greek government to privatise water (18 May 2014), the President of the Greek Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou has solemnly pledged her support to the implementation of the Human Right to Water as a just societal demand. It means she will help steer an endorsement through the full Parliament. She made the announcement at a meeting of the Thessaloniki City Council and wants Greece to become the first country to recognise the right.