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European Parliament voted a resolution on the follow-up to the European Citizens' Initiative Right2Water

On the 8th of September, the European Parliament voted a resolution on the follow-up to the European Citizens' Initiative Right2Water, based on Lynn Boylan Report. The text of the resolution is attached to this email, from pages 163 to 179 or in this link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+REPORT+A8-2015-0228+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=en

Although most of the points are related to issue within the Union, many of them are related to EU external policy and development policy in the water sector. I would like to highlight some of them:

82. Stresses that although progress towards the Millennium Development Goal on safe drinking water is on track, 748 million people worldwide lack access to an improved water supply and it is estimated that at least 1.8  billion people drink water that is faecally contaminated, and the sanitation target is far from being met;

84. Calls on the Commission to include water as part of the Agenda for Change, together with sustainable agriculture;

85. … reiterates that ending poverty through the post-2015 process is only possible if we ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene; …

103. Calls on the Commission to relaunch the ‘Water Facility’ instrument, which has proved to be effective in fostering better access to water services in developing countries by promoting capacity-building measures for local communities;

Many of the recommendations from the resolution pinpoint towards a strengthening of water operator, greater cooperation amongst water operator and public-public partnership (49;  55; 76; 79; 84; 87; 94; 97; 98; 100; 101; 102).

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5 October 2015

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