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Lynn Boylan MEP welcomes the passing of Right2Water report in European Parliament

8 September, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the passing of the Boylan report on the Right2Water.

 ‘This is a victory for civil society and for Right2Water campaigners not only in Ireland but across Europe. The 1.8 million signatories to the Right2Water ECI, the first ever successful example of this mechanism have finally received the support they deserve from an EU institution.

‘The Commission’s initial response to the ECI was vague, disappointing and did little to answer their demands. In this report I and fellow progressive MEPs have come together to produce a report which better answers their campaign.

‘Whilst it is disappointing that Fine Gael’s cronies in the European Parliament managed to water down some mention of the need for non-profit cooperation and introduced the call to also promote public-private partnership as well as public-public partnerships, the result overall is a major wake-up call for the Commission.

‘We have won key amendments which called on the Commission; to produce legislative proposals which would enshrine the human right to water in EU legislation, to not promote the privatisation of water services and to ensure that water affordability issues are assessed. I am very happy to see that the European Parliament has supported me to make sure that the EU recognises that the human right to water is recognised.

The European Parliament has now voted in favour of keeping water services out of the internal market and the TTIP and has called on the Commission to not promote privatisation of water and to respect Member States’ choice of water ownership.

I am pleased that the Parliament chose to reject the alternative motion put forward by Fine Gael’s EPP group and the Tory ECR group which did nothing to answer the citizens’ concerns and ignored the need to enshrine the human right to water in legislation. It was a motion which reflected their views, not the citizens.’

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