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One million signatures for water as a human right!

12 February 2013
‘Water is a Human Right’ has made history as being the first European Citizens' Initiative in the history of the European Union to have collected over 1 million signatures.

Anne-Marie 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.”

The 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.

The 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 22nd 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.

The campaign now hopes to collect 2 million signatures by September 2013. Visit http://www.right2water.eu/ today!

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