Water and sanitation are a human right!

Right to water is an European citizens initiative launched to ensure that water remains a public service and a public good.

1,884,790 europeans signed on 1,000,000 needed

A big thank you to all petitioners! We achieved the first part of the job.

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Campaigning and mobilization after collecting almost 2 million signatures.

The European Commission has partly addressed our demands in the proposed Drinking Water Directive! This is great news.

Now what ? There is still work to be done

We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations.

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Our goals

  • No liberalisation of water services
  • Guaranteed water and sanitation for all in Europe
  • Universal (Global) access to water and sanitation

We urge that:

  • The EU institutions and Member States be obliged to ensure that all inhabitants enjoy the right to water and sanitation.
  • Water supply and management of water resources not be subject to ‘internal market rules’ and that water services are excluded from liberalisation.
  • The EU increases its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

Our proposals to the European Commission

  • To use the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in all communications on Water and/or Sanitation.
  • To guarantee water (safe, clean and affordable) and sanitation services to all of the populations in EU Member States.
  • To refrain from turning water services into commercial services by excluding water from internal market rules. This can be achieved by a commitment of the European Commission:
  • Not to liberalise water and sanitation services.
  • Not to include water and sanitation services in Trade Agreements such as CETA.
  • To promote Public-Public Partnerships.
  • To enshrine the “water is not a commodity” principle of the Water Framework Directive in all EU water and water-related policies.
  • To define that protecting our water environment will prevail over commercial policies.
  • To initiate support programmes for people that can not pay their bill with the aim to prevent disconnections of users.
  • To ensure that private water companies operating water services provide complete transparency and openness regarding their contracts (no role for commercial confidentiality in this public service).
  • To promote citizens’ participation in accordance with the water framework directive.
  • To increase access to water and sanitation worldwide, by making the achievement of universal access to water and sanitation part of EU development policy.
  • To promote Public-public partnerships (Water Operator Partnerships) based on not-for-profit principles and solidarity between water operators and workers in different countries.
  • To enshrine into law that control over water and water resources must remain in public hands.
  • To support public water companies in the EU and other countries that lack the capital to invest in the extension of Water and Sanitation services to the poor.
  • To promote water operators to dedicate a percentage of their annual turnover for water operator partnerships in developing countries. (like in The Netherlands and in France).
  • To promote a European benchmarking system to raise quality public water services.
  • To design a governance code for water companies in the EU-27.
Water is a Human Right

In Europe
1 Million people have no water access
8 Millions people have no sanitation

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