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News Splash n°5 : 10 May the European Commission accepted and registered our European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right”.

As part of May Day organized by the FGTB Liege Huy Waremme, the CGSP ADMI Liège had a stand promoting the citizens' initiative taken by EPSU and NGOs.

(8 May 2012) After almost 25 years of privatisation of water services in the UK a national opinion poll reveals that citizens want to re-nationalise the water companies

On Sunday 1st April, at the first opportunity, the European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) on water as a human right was submitted to the European Commission

(20 April 2012) Press communication – Media Advisory - On April 1st the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sponsored a European Citizens Initiative calling for water to be implemented as a Human Right www.right2water.eu.

The Steering group of the ‘Água é de todos’ campaign, that support the Water is a Human Right ECI, has demanded an audience with all the political groups of the Portuguese parliament (PSD, PS, CDS-PP, PCP, Bloco de Esquerda[left block] and “Os Verdes” [Greens]) to question them about the proposed privatization of water services in Portugal.

The campaign has collected more than 10000 signatures to oppose such privatization and defending water services and an essential human right. They claim that such proposals should be properly discussed in society and not be imposed by stealth.

Over the coming decades, feeding a growing global population and ensuring food and nutrition security for all will depend on increasing food production. This, in turn, means ensuring the sustainable use of our most critical finite resource – water.
 
The theme of this year’s World Water Day is water and food security.  Agriculture is by far the main user of freshwater.  Unless we increase our capacity to use water wisely in agriculture, we will fail to end hunger and we will open the door to a range of other ills, including drought, famine and political instability.

(Interview in English with sub-titles in Portuguese) David Hall, director PSIRU at Greenwich University, London. Specialist in Water, Energy, Waste and Health services.

(10 April 2012) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and the Water Campaign “Water is a Human Right” support the initiative from the «Água de todos» campaign in Portugal. This Portuguese initiative has in its core EPSU affiliate STAL. On April 12th  the campaign will celebrate water as a public good

(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 March 2012) World Water Day marks the launch of the campaign website for the European Citizens’ Initiative: “Water and sanitation are a human right”, “Water is a public good, not a commodity”. 

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