Dear colleagues,

We regret to inform you that due to events in Brussels this morning our World Water Day action has had to be cancelled in Brussels. Our thoughts are with all those affected, their friends and families. EPSU staff are safe and we thank you for your concern, and for your ongoing support for Right2Water.

In solidarity,


(22 March 2016) On World Water Day it will be two years since the EPSU-led Right2Water campaign became the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative. Then a new and untested campaign tool, our ECI nearly doubled the minimum number of signatures required, reaching a total 1,884,790 supporters by the time it was submitted in December 2013. But the momentum didn’t stop there. The candidates for Commission President in the European elections, including current President Juncker, and President Schulz of the European Parliament all endorsed Right2Water.

(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. 

(2 February 2016) The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has put in sharp focus how austerity is not only ineffective at cutting costs, but is dangerous too.

(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.

(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.

(7 September 2015) The European Parliament will vote on the first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) 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.

The ‘zero-draft’ can be read here

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.


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