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.
Take a look, sign if you haven’t done so already, and forward the clip to all people you know and ask them to sign the ECI on Water is a Human Right!
This ECI is still the only one collecting signatures online - in the first month, 30,000 people had already signed it. We have to increase our efforts to raise awareness of this ECI and collect more signatures. Some people have been surprised about the personal details they had to provide. These are requirements set by national governments to be able to verify the signatures.
The ECI scheme is not an ordinary programme. It empowers EU citizens to “set the agenda” of the European Commission.
So far, the campaign has champions in Belgium and Germany. In Belgium, signatures have been collected on paper at festivals and fairs. Additionally, the online signing has been promoted through Facebook. In Germany several events have been organised and a dedicated website has been set up. In Italy many events will also take place this month.
The ECI Water is a Human Right has become even more relevant following a Commission letter last week that openly includes privatisation of water as a condition for bailout. It shows that market interests continue to prevail over essential human rights. It also goes to show that the Commission is going beyond the remit of Treaty which regards privatisation as a matter of national sovereignty.
This campaign is a means of getting a commitment to the human right to water and sanitation. It is a tool to change the mind-set in the European Commission from a market-based approach with the focus on competition to a rights-based approach with the focus on public service in water.
Water and sanitation are a human right!;Water is a public good, not a commodity!
More at the campaign’s website www.right2water.eu
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