Background note on Right2Water European Citizens' Initiative 


The European Parliament is holding a public hearing on Monday 17 February on the universal right to clean water, the first such hearing under the European Citizens' Initiative, which enables the public to ask the EU authorities to table new legislation, provided the initiative is backed by one million people across seven member states.

This hearing, organised by Parliament's environment committee in association with the petitions, internal market and consumer protection and development committees, follows the registration of the initiative by the European Commission on 20 December 2013. It will provide a platform for debate with MEPs, the leaders of the ‘Right2Water’ initiative and European Commission representatives.