Nessun passo indietro sull'acqua pubblica. Ben 127 europarlamentari hanno firmato una lettera appello in vista del voto decisivo sulla nuova direttiva sulla qualità dell'acqua destinata al consumo umano, che verrà votata domani a Strasburgo. Noi stiamo dalla parte di tutti i cittadini europei che hanno chiesto all'UE di riconoscere l'accesso all'acqua e ai servizi igienico-sanitari di base come un diritto umano fondamentale. Ecco il testo della lettera in inglese.

"Tomorrow in Strasbourg, the European Parliament will vote on the revised Drinking Water Directive.

This vote - the culmination of over 10 months of intensive negotiations - will set the Parliament's position on this piece of cornerstone EU environmental and public health legislation.

MEPs voting tomorrow will make decisions on important issues including the measures Member States will have to take to ensure the safety and quality of drinking water. It's right that after twenty years these measures are revisited to ensure that citizens across the EU know that when they turn on the tap, their glass of water is safe to drink.

However, what of those without a tap to turn on; those without access to clean, safe drinking water in the EU today?

Tomorrow MEPs must also decide their stance on the Right 2 Water European Citizens Initiative: a petition signed by over 1.8 million EU citizens, calling on the EU institutions to formally recognise access to drinking water as a basic human right.

The European Parliament, when voting on a previous report, welcomed this petition and its call for a meaningful right to water.

Three years later the European Commission has responded to this European Citizens Initiative (the first time in its history it has done so in proposed legislation). The Commission's proposal includes a list of mandatory measures Member States must take to improve universal access to water across the EU, with specific protections in place for vulnerable and marginalised populations such as refugees, homeless people and Roma communities.

With such important legislation now on the table and ahead of tomorrow's vote we call on our fellow MEPs to adopt a strong and ambitious position on the right to water.

Specifically we will vote tomorrow in Plenary in support of amendments that will do this; amendments which were narrowly defeated in favour of the EPP Rapporteur's more conservative position at Committee. Adopting these amendments will show that the European Parliament takes the views of citizens seriously and that we believe it is not acceptable for people in the EU not to have access to safe, clean drinking water.

The Parliament should at least match the ambition of the European Commission on this. The European Parliament should not be watering down measures that would help lead towards a meaningful right to water in EU law, with clear requirements for Member States to act. We believe that every citizen has a right to clean, safe drinking water.

Rory Palmer (S&D, UK)
Lynn Boylan (GUE/NG, Ireland)
Eleonora Evi (EFDD, Italy)
Benedek (Greens/EFA, Hungary)
Biljana Borzan (S&D, Croatia)
Nessa Childers (S&D, Ireland)
Guillaume Balas (S&D, France)
Derek Vaughan (S&D, UK)
Alex Mayer (S&D, UK)
Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, Portugal)
Theresa Griffin (S&D, UK)
Jude Kirton-Darling (S&D, UK)
Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (S&D, Spain)
Lucy Anderson (S&D, UK)
Tiemo Woelken (S&D, Germany)
Siôn Simon (S&D, UK)
Damiano Zoffoli (S&D, UK)
Julie Ward (S&D, UK)
Mary Honeyball (S&D, UK)
Monika Beňová (S&D, Slovakia)
Paul Brannen (S&D, UK)
John Howarth (S&D, UK)
Soraya Post (S&D, Sweden)
Clare Moody (S&D, UK)
Giorgos Grammatikakis (S&D, Greece)
Nicola Caputo (S&D, Italy)
Elena Gentile (S&D, Italy)
Wajid Khan (S&D, UK)
Luigi Morgano (S&D, Italy)
Josef Weidenholzer (S&D, Austria)
Karoline Graswander-Heinz (S&D, Austria)
Seb Dance (S&D, UK)
Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK)
Pavel Poc (S&D, Czech Republic)
Edouard Martin (S&D, France)
Richard Corbett (S&D, UK)
Linda McAvan (S&D, UK)
Tanja Fajon (S&D, Slovenia)
David Martin (S&D, UK)
Christine Revault d'Allonnes-Bonnefoy (S&D, France)
Pascal Durand (Greens/EFA, France)
Molly Scott Cato (Greens/EFA, UK)
Igor Šoltes (Greens/EFA, Slovenia)
Philippe Lamberts (Greens/EFA, Belgium)
Davor Skrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia)
Bart Staes (Greens/EFA, Belgium)
Jordi Solé (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, France)
Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA, France)
Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)
Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, Denmark)
Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA, UK)
Ana Miranda (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Marco Affronte (Greens/EFA, Italy)
Florent Marcellesi (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Josep-Maria Terricabras (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Michel Reimon (Greens/EFA, Austria)
Martin Häusling (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Klaus Buchner (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Jill Evans (Greens/EFA, UK)
Keith Taylor (Greens/EFA, UK)
Barbara Lochbihler (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, Netherlands)
Karima Delli (Greens/ETA, France)
Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Monika Vana (Greens/EFA, Austria)
Thomas Waitz (Greens/EFA, Austria)
Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA, Estonia)
Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Reinhard Hans Bütikofer (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Linnéa Engström (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Terry Reintke (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Max Andersson (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, Finland)
Rebecca Harms (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Yannick Jadot (Greens/EFA, France)
Lynn Boylan (GUE/NG, Ireland)
Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Liadh Ní Riada (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Sabine Lösing (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Estefania Torres Martínez (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Tania González Peñas (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Xabier Benito Ziluaga (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Miguel Urbán Crespo (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Marina Albiol (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Eleonora Forenza (GUE/NGL, Italy)
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL, France)
Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, Cyprus)
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, Netherlands)
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL, Finland)
Luke Ming Flanagan (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Martin Schirdewan (GUE/NGL,Germany)
Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Marie-Pierre Vieu (GUE/NGL, France)
Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL, France)
Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL, Greece)
Jiří Maštálka (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)
Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Malin Bjork (GUE/NGL, Sweden)
Lidia Senra Rodríguez (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, France)
Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL, Netherlands)
Anne-Marie Mineur (GUE/NGL, Netherlands)
Gabi Zimmer (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Kateřina Konečná (GUE, Czech Republic)
Eleonora Evi (EFDD, Italy)
Laura Agea (EFDD, Italy)
Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD, Italy)
Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD, Italy)
Tiziana Beghin (EFDD, Italy)
Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, Italy)
Rosa D'Amato (EFDD, Italy)
Laura Ferrara (EFDD, Italy)
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD, Italy)
Dario Tamburrano(EFDD, Italy)
Marco Valli (EFDD, Italy)
Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)

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