by the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, the european citizen initiative -ECI-
aims to reinforce the public participation in the European union
policy shaping. With a least one million signatures, European
union citizens can suggest a legislative proposal to the
at the beginning of February 2013, the initiative “Water and
sanitation are a human right ! Water is a public good, not a commodity
!” from EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions has been the first ECI to exceed the one million signature threshold.
work and energy invested in the project have to be acknowledged,
particularly since the new ECI-system, still under development, includes many technical and legal barriers.
Currently, the initiative has been mainly sustained by german and austrian citizens. Hence, in order to be taken into account, the ICE has to be signed by at least one million european citizens coming from at least 7 Member States with a signatures' quorum defined for every country in function of its demography.
citizen, sign the petition and share it within your networks!
sign the petition on-line : http://www.right2water.euBelow
you will find EPSU's official Press communication on the one million
Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) Press communication - Brussels,
11 February 2013
million signatures for Water as a Human Right !
the first up and running European Citizens Initiative (ECI) "Water
is a Human Right" made history as also being the first ECI in the
history of the European Union to have collected over 1 million
Perret, President of the Citizens Committee says
Reaching this important milestone, with one Million EU citizens agreeing that water and sanitation are human rights, is a great success. We appreciate the support of so many and will continue campaigning to pass a strong message to the European Commission. We have also managed to overcome the start up problems, as well as the legal and technical barriers forced upon us by the European Commission and Member States.”
ECI “Water is a Human Right” has been a success not just because
more than 1 million people have signed but in terms of creating a
real European debate. 2013 is the European Year of citizenship and we
have manage to get more than 1.5 million visits to our website the
month of January only. It has contributed to creating a space for a
European debate in which many citizens are engaging.
ECI will continue to collect signatures to ensure that the voices of
as many people in as many different countries as possible are heard.
On March 22rd we will celebrate World Water Day with well over a
million voices against liberalization of water, and for the
implementation of the human right to water and sanitation in the EU.
more information :
Pablo Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0032 (0) 474 62 66 33
EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions. It is the largest federation of the ETUC and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 275 trade unions; EPSU organizes workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services and local and national administration, in all European countries including in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood. EPSU is the recognized regional organization of Public Services International (PSI).