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RIGHT2WATER: COMMISSION'S RESPONSE DISAPPOINTS.

Disappointment reigns after the publication by the European Commission, on 19 March, of a communication in response to the European citizens' initiative on water, Right2Water. "This is a missed opportunity," said the European Water Movement, regretting that the Commission had not taken the opportunity to acknowledge that water is a fundamental human right, as recognised by the United Nations. "The Commission did not respond to the call from 1.9 million Europeans to propose legislation to guarantee this right. It is satisfied with presenting a compilation of its past actions, and announcing a consultation on the quality of drinking water - whose conclusions will not be binding." Several MEPs also shared this disappointment. Sophie Auconie (EPP, France) regretted "that the Commission did not go beyond supporting the principle of access to water in Europe and globally". Socialists Edite Estrela (Portugal) and Kriton Arsenis (Greece) had "expected the Commission to present a legislative proposal to guarantee access to water and sanitation as essential public services for all [...] This is a disappointing response, which shows once again that the right people are not in charge of Europe".

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