Water is a Human Right
First ever European Citizens Initiative to make it
The first European Citizien Initiative ever - Water is a Human Right - cleared all the hurdles of the legislation and has collected over 1.5 million signatures across Europe. Eight countries have passed the minimum number of signatures required and the initiative continues counting.
In Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Slovenia „Water is a Human Right“ has passed the minimum number of signatures required but the campaign will continue because there are several countries where only a few thousand signatures are needed to pass the threshold: Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands.
The European Citizen Initiative lodged the demand with the European Commission on the first day possible – April 1st 2012 – and got it validated on May 10th. The fellow campaigners have been collecting signatures on paper and online since September 4th 2012 and in less than nine months they have achieved what no previous European organization has ever done. Now the organisers are also moving to the political field asking cities - they had already ten big cities supporting „Water is a Human Right“ in December - and regions to come out in support of the ECI and to promote regions and cities where water is declared a Human Right.
Have you already signed? Find more on www.right2water.eu
Picture: Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia via Flickr