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Yes to first successful European Citizens’ Initiative

Mar 20, 2014 | News

(19 March 2014) – The Commission today decided to react positively to the first ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative, ‘Right2Water’, in those areas where it is able to act.

Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.

In light of the European Citizens’ Initiative, the Commission sought to identify any remaining gaps and areas where more efforts – at EU or national level – need to be made in order to address the concerns motivating this citizens’ call for action.

In a Communication published today, the Commission committed itself to concrete steps and new actions in areas that are of direct relevance to the initiative and its goals.

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