Human Right to Water : EP takes key step towards EU recognition

(Press Release – 29 June 2015) The demands of the first ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water received overwhelming support from Members of European Parliament, who voted on an own-initiative report in the Environment Committee. This report demands the European Commission to implement the human rights to water and sanitation in EU Legislation. Also, MEPs positioned themselves to exclude water services from trade agreements such as TTIP, the proposed trade agreement (...)

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European Parliament Environment Committee formally supports Human Right to Water

(25 June 2015) This morning the Environment and Public Health Committee voted by an absolute majority to send a strong message to the European Commission to act on the Human Right to Water. The report by the Irish MEP Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL) has been adopted and it will be discussed and voted in the Plenary. In the report the Committee demands the European Commission to act on the first successful European Citizens Initiative and to implement the Human Right to Water in the EU legislation (...)

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Macro-economic dialogue at technical level - what structural reform does work for workers and society?

(25 June 2015) The European Union economy is picking up again, but many factors are uncertain and it is not clear if the recovery will persist, could be the summary of a discussion on the state of the European economy in the macro-economic dialogue. The trade union side is more cautious also because the economy still lacks sufficient investment. Veronica Nilsson, the next ETUC Deputy General Secretary introduced the position of the ETUC, referring to the need for a serious investment plan (...)

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Interprofessional Social partners meet with European Commission over Energy Union

(24 June 2015) One of the core priorities of the Juncker Commission is the establishment of an Energy Union. It should assist the EU in facing the challenge of climate change and especially energy dependency. In line with the commitment of Juncker to favour the social dialogue, the interprofessional social partners were invited to comment on the rough outlines of the strategy. The ETUC delegation focused on the importance of just transition, investment in the energy sector which is an (...)

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Celebrate Public Services Day! Do not trade them away!

(ETUCE-EPSU Press Release Brussels, 23 June 2015 - Embargoed until 23rd June 10am) On 23 June the significant value and virtues of public services are celebrated around the world. In the context reaching agreement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - EPSU and ETUCE emphasise the key role played by public services in the development process and underline that public services are (...)

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