First-ever official hearing for a European citizens’ initiative at the European Parliament
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.
Organisers of the “Right2Water” campaign urged the EU Commission to guarantee access to water and sanitation as a human right, and give a legal undertaking that water services will not be liberalised in the EU.
MEPs shared the view that access to water is a basic human right, but some pointed out that rules on providing drinkable water remain the remit of EU member states.
The hearing was attended by the Right2Water organisers, MEPs as well as Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, who will draft the official response to the initiative by 20 March.
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