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The European water campaign is now collecting signatures
on the web


JHL (14.09.2012 - Juhani Artto) The European campaign "Water is a Human Right" is now also collecting signatures electrically on the web. The goal is to collect one million signatures by the end of this year. All citizens that have a right to vote in one of the 27 EU Member States can sign the campaign appeal.

Those who sign the appeal are demanding clean water and functioning sanitation for people everywhere - not only in Europe, but throughout the entire world. Those signing will also be calling on the EU to participate actively and fully in the implementation of this demand. The third element to the demand is for these water and sanitation utility services to remain in public hands.

According to a new EU procedure, one million signatures in at least seven EU Member States would mean that the campaign would be officially accepted as a European Citizens' Initiative. And then the European Commission would have to act on the initiative by making a legislative proposal.

The campaign is supported by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and several European and international NGOs and networks. In Finland JHL and all other public sector unions are taking an active part in the campaign.

The eight-language web site (not Finnish or Swedish) for the signature collection is at the address http://www.right2water.eu/. When visiting the page for signatures one should select the member state one comes from. The Finnish and Swedish language site is published at the address http://vesionperusoikeus.fi/.