The debate about water at European level has completely changed in the recent years as a result of the European Citizen’s Initiative on the right to water that collected nearly 2 million signatures; the massive mobilizations around water in Ireland, Greece or Italy; or water management remunicipalisation in dozens of cities around Europe. European citizens have shown that they get organized to have their say in the debate around water. The public participation process for this fitness check cannot ignore them and do “business as usual” through stake holder meetings in Brussels dominated by business lobbyist.
The scope of the fitness check cannot just look at the economic and technological aspects of the Water Framework Directive and the Flood Directive. It also needs to look at the social, environmental or sanitary aspects. And it should take into account citizen’s demands of broadening the scope of EU water legislation to finally introduce the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.
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