Ahead of Saturday demonstration, European Water Movement hails Irish battle for our Right2Water

EWM says Irish campaign to forefront of "European movement to democratise water"

Funding through progressive taxation best way to secure human right to water

Ahead of the National Right2Water demonstration set to take place this coming Saturday (September 17th), the European Water Movement today said that the Irish Right2Water movement forms part of "a real movement of people to democratise water management and achieve the human right to water that no country in the EU has yet implemented".

The European Water Movement, a network of organisations whose goal is to reinforce the recognition of water as a commons and access to water as a fundamental universal right, made a Submission to the Expert Commission on Water which is available here.

In a statement issued today (Thursday September 15th), the European Water Movement said:

"It is clear that the best method of securing access to water, and securing funds for infrastructural investment, is through general taxation.

"The European Water Movement views the struggle of the Irish people to abolish water charges, and to secure a referendum enshrining public ownership of Ireland's water system, as yet more evidence of a real European people's movement to democratise water management.

Ireland's Right2Water campaign, like other campaigns throughout Europe, is seeking to achieve the human right to water that no country in the EU has yet implemented.  Right2Water is to the forefront of this growing movement", the statement concluded.