The European Parliament is demanding that
the EU Commission recognises that affordable access to water is a basic human
right. The MEPs want the EU to follow up on a European Citizens’ Initiative
which saw almost two million people sign a petition demanding the EU introduce
laws that would make access to water and sanitation a human right. The Sinn
Fein MEP Lynn Boylan, who led the campaign to push the vote through the
Parliament, says it reinforces the need to ensure profits are not made from
public commodities such as water.