Another victory for the Right2Water campaign with the passing of the Boylan report- Lynn Boylan MEP
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has had her Right2water report passed by the Environment Committee this morning.
Speaking today from the European Parliament Ms Boylan said:
"I am absolutely delighted that the committee has adopted all my recommendations on the European Citizen's Initiative on the Right2Water in spite of the attempts by Fine Gael's EPP group to postpone the vote. Almost 2 million citizens signed this ECI and the Commission's response was simply not good enough.
“Citizens have serious and legitimate concerns regarding the privatisation of water services which I have highlighted in my report. Water is a human right, not a commodity and should not be treated as such.
“I am especially pleased to see that my amendments excluding water services from internal market rules and trade agreements such as TTIP were successful. Access to water, including for the most vulnerable groups such as lower-income households must be guaranteed as a human right, irrespective of income.
like to thank the thousands of citizens who have contacted me and the Right2Water
movement in Ireland who gave me the determination to see that the report was
not weakened and reflected the true wishes of the citizens.”