(25 March 2015) On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March) many events took place and many statements have been made. This year World Water Day was marked by recognition and appreciation of the important work that people in the water sector do to provide all citizens with clean drinking water 24/7. 

In the Netherlands FNV participated in a campaign “THANK YOU for tap water!” that launched a nice video clip.

22 March is World Water Day. The Netherlands have the best tap water in the world. It is healthy, environmentally friendly and accessible to everyone as it is in public hands. The Dutch themselves, however, tend to take this for granted. So, it’s about time for the Dutch to say #THANKYOU for tap water.

Citizens coming from all over Europe, representing the nearly two million people that supported the first successful European Citizen’s Initiative for the Right to Water will remind the European Commission that they should work for their citizens, not for corporations.

(18 March 2015) 22 March is World Water Day. Still today, we are facing a global water crisis: One in nine people lack of access to clean, safe drinking water. More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war, and water systems around the world critically need investment. Still also large multinational corporations and their financial backers are exploiting the crisis to transfer public water into private hands. The result: corporate-driven projects that prioritize profit, not people’s needs for access.

(18 March 2015) After the victory of Syriza in the elections in Greece a more social policy was promised to the people that suffered from austerity measures imposed by the Troika.

The Thessaloniki water company EYATh immediately put this into practice. It introduced social tariffs that allow poor people to receive 30 m3 water free of charge per semester (4 months period)

(17 March 2015) The European water movement that since its beginning has  supported the first successful European Citizens Initiative has called for a European mobilisation on March 23 in Brussels.

This is an action in the frame of World Water Day and in the framework of the anniversary of the reply of the European Commission to the ECI right2water.

The European Parliament Committee for Environment (ENVI) has started an “own-initiative” on our ECI right2water, because it shared our conclusion that the response of the European Commission was disappointing and not in accordance to such a successful European Citizens’ Initiative!


(26 January 2015) The European Commission has presented the (statistical) results of the public consultation on drinking water in the EU in a meeting to the Drinking Water Directive Expert group on 18 December 2014. This group consists of government representative from the Member States and a limited number of stakeholders, mainly from the water industry, and including EPSU.

(26 January 2015) If the European Parliament is positive about the first ever successful European Citizens' Initiative Right to Water that wants the EU to recognise the human right to water and sanitation in the European Union, and if the European Commission would still refuse to act, the instrument of the ECI to promote more participation of citizens and more European debate will be dead. Which activist and which citizen would want to put resources into it to see it frustrated by Commission shenanigans.

The Central Jakarta District Court is expected to reach a decision February 2015 on the lawsuit to challenge the legality of Jakarta water privatisation filed by the Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposing Water Privatization (KMMSAJ). Read the article in the Jakarta Post:

(8 January 2015) Stating that authorities cannot differentiate between occupants of illegal shanties and those living in authorized houses and providing water supply is a fundamental right enshrined under Article 21, the Bombay high court directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to provide water supply to all slum-dwellers, whether legal or illegal. In a country with millions of people deprived from their right to water and sanitation this is a huge advancement.

(6 January 2015) The European Trade Union Institute is organising a debate on the European Citizens' Initiave 'Right2Water' on 22 January 2015 in Brussels (see the invitation below).  We will have an eminent social scholar who has analysed what we have done and putting it in a broader perspective, as well as the rapporteur from the European Parliament Lynn Boylan who is preparing the position of the EP on the ECI.


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