The EU wants to hear your views: how can the supply of drinking water in Europe be improved, to guarantee everyone affordable access to clean, safe water?
The public consultation covers areas including
It comes in response to the Right2Water campaign, a European Citizens' Initiative. These initiatives enable citizens to call on the EU to propose legislation on a particular issue. The EU must then state what action it intends to take.
Right2Water was submitted in December 2013 with the support of 1.6m people. It urged the EU to
The public consultation – which you can take part in up to 15 September 2014 – is part of the EU's response to the initiative. It will bring together the views of citizens and those involved with managing the water supply, to assess what improvements are needed.
Other commitments which the EU has made in response to Right2Water include
Water is a human right
Access to safe drinking water is recognised as a human right by both the UN and the EU. For this obligation to be met, water must be affordable, physically available to all and of good quality.
The EU has already set high standards for water quality in Europe and provided financial support to expand water infrastructure in European countries, thus improving accessibility.
It has also contributed €2.5bn since 2007 towards water and sanitation projects in developing countries.
Right2Water – more information
EU Drinking Water Directive - overview