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City of Brussels supports water as a Human Right

23 April 2012
On April 1st the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) sponsored a European Citizens Initiative calling for water to be implemented as a Human Right.

The European Citizens Initiative is a new direct democracy tool introduced by the European Commission. It requires the collection of 1 million signatures in more than 7 European Members States.

The “Water is a Human Right Campaign” is an initiative of EPSU together with the European Anti-Poverty network (EAPN), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Public Health Association (EPHA) and Women in Europe for a common future (WEFC).

The Citizens Committee has also asked several public figures to give their support and there will be a call of European mayors to support water as a public good! In that sense Brussels, capital of Europe, is the launch of this initiative with the support of the mayor of Brussels Freddy Thielemans.

A press conference will take place on Tuesday 24 April at 15h at Rue du Chêne 10 - 1000 Brussels, Maison Patricienne, with Freddy Thielemans, Françoise Castex, MEP and Anne-Marie Perret, EPSU President and President of the Citizens Committee. After the press conference we will take a photo of the supporters of the Initiative in front of the Manneken Pis, the most symbolic fountain in Brussels!

For more information see www.right2water.eu.

For further information, contact Pablo Sanchez psanchez@epsu.org 00 32 474 62 66 33 or Nicolas Dassonville Nicolas.Dassonville@brucity.be 047560 82 42

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