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Recognition of Right to Water ‘still a long way off’ – Boylan

22 March, 2019 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

To mark World Water Day, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has hosted an event in the European Parliament to reflect on the European Citizen's Initiative Right2Water.

Speaking from Dublin, Lynn Boylan MEP said: 

“Nearly 5 years ago, I was appointed as the lead negotiator for the European Parliament’s report in responding to the citizens’ petition. As the term comes to an end and we head into fresh elections, we have reached a sticking point in getting the human right to water enshrined into EU law, as advocated in my report. 

“Meanwhile, water poverty is still a serious issue across Europe and water disconnections are used as a tool to discriminate against ethnic minorities in parts of Eastern Europe. What we have been trying to achieve these past seven years with the Right2Water movement is the establishment of a human right, but seeing that right enshrined at an EU level has met huge resistance from the EU Commission and some Member States, including Ireland.  

“My event on the right to water this week in the Parliament was to reflect on where we have come to, and to strategise on how we can reorganise the progressive wing of the Parliament to reassert the demands of the ECI Right2Water and ensure that the next parliament guarantees this right in EU law. 

“Water is a human right. We cannot have a political compromise on this. Human rights are either upheld or they are disregarded. I will continue to fight for the right to water to be fully recognised at EU and national level and resist the EU's privatisation agenda and disregard for this fundamental right.” 

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