Corporate Europe Observatory

Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU

Water

Everybody on our planet has the right to water. CEO's campaign to counter water privatisation and promote alternatives at EU level.

The Kant Foundation has decided to grant its Weltbürger Prize 2014 (Citizen of the world prize) to the film-makers of the documentary “Water Makes Money”, Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz, as well as to two protagonists featuring in the documentar

The concessions directive, which has the stated object of opening markets and eliminating “discrepancies among national regimes”, would end the exemption that has so far existed for drinking water supply and for the first time bring it under the rules of the EU’s single market.

A business of real public importance can only be carried on advantageously upon so large a scale as to render the liberty of competition almost illusory [...] It is much better to treat it at once as a public function.”
J.S. Mill, 1872

Brussels – The European Commission is deliberately promoting privatization of water services as one of the conditions being imposed as part of bailouts, it has acknowledged in a letter to civil society groups.

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