The European Commission can’t ignore the demand for concrete legislation. The European Parliament rejected all the amendments that were watering down the spirit of the demands of the ECI.
Jan Willem Goudriaan, ECI vice president, comments “The explicit exclusion of water services from concessions Directive and from Trade negotiations is a long standing demand that the EP has supported”. He adds “It is very important that the members of the EU Parliament have taken the citizens demand into account. Water matters to them. The ECI right2water will continue to work until the European Union recognizes water and sanitation as a human right. Today is a day of joy”.
The European Citizen Initiative Water is a Human Right was initiated and is coordinated by the European Public Services Union (EPSU), with 9 NGOs including EAPN.