First European Citizens Initiative to reach 1 million signatures - water rights e-petition!
The Water is a Human Right initiative has become the first European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to be backed by at least one million EU citizens and will now be reviewed by the European Commission for consideration as draft law. The ECI, established in April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. It has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 27 member states, with a minimum number of signatories required in each of those 7 member states. Since it’s launch it has been hampered by technology failures and legal hurdles over online privacy, since most of the signatures are collected through websites. In the past 10 months 14 other initiatives have been launched but are all a long way from reaching the threshold requirements. Water is a Human Right initiative calls for; the EU insitutions and Member States be obliged to ensure that all inhabitants enjoy the right to water and sanitation, water supply and management of water resources not be subject to ‘internal market rules’ and that water services are excluded from liberalization, the EU increases its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation. Anne-Marie Perret, President of the Citizens Committee says “Reaching this important milestone… 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 will continue to collect signatures. READ MORE