Access to good quality water was the topic of the first-ever official hearing held for a European citizens’ initiative at the European Parliament on 17 February. The Right2Water campaign wants universal access to clean water and sanitation and opposes the liberalisation of water services. They collected nearly two million signatures in order to ask the European Commission to produce EU legislation on this. We talked to the organisers to find out more.
Organisers of the Right2Water campaign are urging the Commission to guarantee access to water and sanitation for all Europeans and give legaly binding guarantees that water services will not be liberalised in the EU. “Water is not a commodity, it is part of our heritage,” said Anne-Marie Perret, president of the Right2Water citizens’ committee. (Press Release)