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Private involvement in the water sector has a record of failure across the world and should not be promoted by the EU- Lynn Boylan MEP

7 July, 2015 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has today voted against a report today on public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Speaking from the European Parliament today, the Sinn Féin MEP said,

“I voted against a report today on public-private partnerships (PPPs).

“Unfortunately, this parliament has adopted a very skewed and deceptive text which does not recognise the serious risks and problems PPPs have for the delivery of public services to citizens.  

“I am particularly disappointed that they include water supply as a target area for an increased participation of private companies.

“Water supply is a natural monopoly and private and public operators do not have the same objectives in the field of water.

“Private companies prioritise profit for shareholders whilst the objective of public operators is to provide safe, clean and accessible water to citizens.

“In my report on the Right2Water I have underlined the need for the human right to water to be enshrined in EU legislation so that no operator can put profit before the provision of water services to citizens.

“Private involvement in the water sector has a record of failure across the world and should not be promoted by the EU.

“In my report I call for more support to public-public partnerships, in line with the Right2Water campaign.”

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