(12 December) EPSU welcomes the decision of Mafra’s  local authorities to remunicipalise its water services. The local authority was the first Portuguese municipality to privatise its water services, 22 years ago, making this policy reversal a real milestone.

(12 December 2016) Unions and the water movements continue fighting for public water. Recently we saw the inclusion of right to water in the Slovenia constitution. In Spain the water movement has come together to be more effective. To read more 

And Barcelona city council agreed to take water back into public ownership.


(7 November 2016) With a new and more progressive majority in Parliament, a law that was voted down by the conservative parties will be considered again. This initiative, originally coming from the movement Água de todos, is supposed to be presented once again to the Parliament after having been rejected by the former coalition.

(8 September 2016) Based on the experience of EPSU and the supporters of the European Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a position. We noted that even if a ECI is successful the Commission can almost ignore it. And this despite a positive and supportive report of the European Parliament. The report also takes account of the problems we encounter organising the ECI.

(16 August 2016) Following elections in which the return of water into public hands was a big theme, the authorities have followed up, cancelled the water concession and created a public company.  The reasons for remunicipalization are familiar: underinvestment in infrastructure, high tariffs and lack of democratic control. People get disconnected when they have difficulty paying their bill.

In a huge victory for the Right2Water movement in Europe, the Slovenian National Assembly has voted to begin the process of amending the constitution to include the right to ‘safe drinking water.’ This follows 55,000 Slovenians, nearly 3% of the entire population, signing a petition in favour of including the right to water in the constitution.

(24 March 2016) Spain’s largest private operator Agbar has enjoyed a monopoly in the Metropolitan area of Barcelona by supplying 28 municipalities out of 36 including the city of Barcelona. Aigua és Vida – the Catalan platform Water for Life - revealed in 2010 that Agbar operated without concession contracts in 17 cases, and thus that there was no legal basis for these municipal concessions.

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.


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