Trade Union News from Finland
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
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
(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
The eight-language web site (not Finnish or Swedish) for the signature
collection is at the address
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