(26 August 2013) Over 130 civil society organisations, trade unions and individuals from Greece, Europe and around the world have teamed up with 50 Members of the European Parliament to send a letter to the bidders of the public water company in Thessaloniki urging them to drop their bid.
(22 August 2013) After 7 weeks of walking from North Cape in Norway our pilgrim Steffen Pfeiffer has reached the ferry in Oslo and crossed over to Denmark. There he will continue his journey to Santiago de Compostela. We congratulate Steffen with reaching this first milestone!
(21 August 2013) Lithuanian TV personality Ignas Krupavicius organized meetings in libraries in different cities in Lithuania where he talked with people about the European Citizens‘ Initiative „Water is a human right!“
(8 August 2013) European and international media have widely reported on the decision of Mayor Pál Fürjes of the Hungarian town Ózd to reduce water pressure or stop supplying altogether some 88 roadside pumps, Friday 2 August. The mayor claimed this was too expensive. The decision effected several hundreds of families and hit especially a number of poor neighborhoods hard that have a large Roma population.
(24 July 2013) Despite the fact that international experience shows that water privatization is harmful to the interests of citizens, the Greek government is pushing ahead with privatizing water supply and sewerage companies
(17 July 2013) News Splash n° 20: With only seven weeks left to go, our European Citizens’ Initiative has collected over 1.7 Million signatures and we have achieved success in twelve countries. Greece, Italy and Spain have joined the list of countries where we campaign successfully
(11 July 2013) At their national assembly the French ‘Greens’ have adopted a resolution in which they adhere support to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!”
The greens recognise the pressure that would be put on our most precious natural resource if it would be privatised or if the services would be opened for competition as planned in the concessions directive. Thanks to this awareness the European Commissioner has excluded water services from the scope of the concession directive.
(10 July 2013) EPSU stands with the Greek unions and citizens, because privatisation of water will only increase suffering for the Greek people and will make that the borrowed EU money will leave Greece again as profits for the foreign owner of the water company, once it is privatised.
(2 July 2013) That is what Greek citizens ask while wondering if the exclusion of water services form the concessions directive would change anything with regards to their water utilities that are still up for sale. We hope that the Greek government will listen to its citizens as well as Commissioner Barnier did to European citizens.