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Monday, 22 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Quality of water intended for human consumption (debate)

  Lynn Boylan, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group. – Madam President, through the 2014 Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) nearly two million people across Europe sent a clear message to the EU that access to water is a human right. We did not choose this directive to respond to the demands of this petition, it was the Commission that came forward with this mediocre response. But what is more disappointing is that the European Parliament, which supposedly represents the people across the EU, is utterly failing those who signed that petition. In a shameful process of negotiations, Parliament has significantly weakened the provisions on access to water in this directive and this is an affront to the Right2Water petition and the petition procedure itself, which is the only channel for the people to directly voice their concern to the EU.

I was the rapporteur of the Right to Water Report that was approved by this Parliament in 2015. We endorsed the demands of the Right2Water petition and called for this human right to be enshrined in EU law. The European Economic and Social Committee also endorsed the petition’s commands. Now here we are, as the only directly elected EU institution, failing the nearly two million people who fought for this EU petition. You are treating ...

(The President cut off the speaker by mistake, then allowed Ms Boylan to continue)

There are two million people who want the human right to water to be enshrined in law and this speech is for them. I am elected by those people to represent their views. That is why other like-minded MEPs have submitted their alternative amendments and we will be bringing them tomorrow, and I hope that people will join the Right to Water outside Parliament at half nine in the morning as well.

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