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Public Service Europe labels EU's water privatization agenda as irresponsible

European associations and unions calling for an end to water services liberalisation.

Imposing water privatisation reveals undemocratic policy-making concerning most vital public serviceMay 18, 2012: The European Commission has been pushing the privatization of water for a decade, write Martin Pigeon and Gabriella Zanzanaini for Public Service Europe. They note that while the EU's most recent water privatization efforts are wrapped up in the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, the commission has been taking advantage of global economic crises to force water privatization onto debt-ridden nations.

"The European Commission's attempts to privatize urban water systems over the last decade have faced strong resistance. But now privatization has reappeared as one of the bailout conditions for struggling European Union economies. Will the financial crisis give the commission the opportunity to bypass democratic accountability and create new markets for water companies?

Public water systems were never designed to generate profits but to deliver clean water to all citizens for public health purposes, making them one of the most essential public services of them all. At the EU level, water services have remained under the control of member states, in accordance with the subsidiarity principle..."

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Posted: May 23, 2012

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