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Brussels, 26th September 2014 - On the occasion of World Environmental Health Day, EPHA highlighted the vital importance of water for public health. Having access to adequate sanitation facilities and sufficient amounts of safe water for drinking and hygiene is essential for human health. As a response to the ‘right to water’ campaign, the Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on the Drinking Water Directive, notably in view of improving access to quality (...)
Brussels 26 March 2014 - The European Commission responded to the first successful European Citizens Initiative with a Communication on March 19th. With less than 60 days to go before the European elections, the Citizens’ Committee has approached all candidates to the European Commission Presidency to ask for a commitment to implement the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the next legislature. The ECI organisers were critical of the Commission’s response as it lacked clear (...)
19 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.” In the Communication, the European Commission does recall the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that (...)
Brussels, 17 February - The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water campagin in European legislation after having received 1,680,172 supportive signatures. As 13 countries had collected the minimum number of necessary signatures, the representatives of the Citizens’ Committee demanded that the European Commission recognise and implement the (...)
On February 10, the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) ‘Water is a Human Right’ campaign made history by becoming the first ECI to have collected over 1 million signatures. Ever since the campaign was started last September by the European Federation of Public Service Unions, EPHA and its member organisations have been one of the leading organisation promoting this campaign across Europe.
“Reaching this important milestone, with one Million EU citizens agreeing that water (...)
On the Human Rights Day, mayors from 10 major European cities have appealed to their citizens to support the European Citizens’ Initiative on Water and Sanitation that EPHA and partners support and promote, together with the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU).
On the 10 December 2012, mayors from Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Genoa, Ghent, Leicester, Nantes, Naples, Paris, Moita and Vienna have joined forces with civil society and trade union campaigners to call (...)
There is a new short video to promote the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for the right to water and sanitation- an initiative that sees the promotion of water supply and sanitation as essential public services for all. In the framework of the ECI, the aim of this campaign is to collect one million signatures from all over Europe.
Video- Water is a Human Right
Take a look, sign if you haven’t done so already, and forward the clip to all people you know and ask them to (...)
At the end of November, the Commission will publish its proposal for the next (7th) Environmental Action Programme (EAP). It will be on the agenda of the Irish Presidency of the EU. EPHA and the Health & Environmental Alliance (HEAL) met with the Irish environmental attaché on 8 November 2012.
Relevance of the Environment Action Programmes for the public health community
Environment in a larger sense has a huge influence on public health since it is not merely a matter of water, air (...)
On October 24, and within the framework of the European Federation of Public Service Unions-led "Water is a human right!" campaign, EPHA participated in this initiative’s coordinators meeting.
What is a European Citizens’ initiative (ECI)?
The European citizens’ initiative is a new legal tool which allows one million EU citizens to participate directly and in a legally binding manner in the development of special (for example, public health) EU policies.
What does it (...)
Chemical and Water pollution are among the main health and environmental worries expressed by EU citizens. The EU Commission proposal to amend the existing EU water legislation as regards priority substances is on the table of the Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI Committee). EPHA’s focus is on the draft European Parliament report.
About the EU’s Water Policy
The Water Framework Directive (WFD), adopted in 2000, takes an integrated (...)