Greens slam Tories for refusing to back universal right to water

Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has criticised Tory MEPs for refusing to back a resolution on the right to universal access to water and sanitation, a resolution supported by nearly two million European citizens who signed a Citizens Initiative [2]. The resolution was passed by a majority in the European Parliament but Conservative MEPs refused to support incorporating the UN’s right to water into EU legislation. Molly Scott Cato said:

“The Tories refused to support the right to universal access to water. The United Nations has acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. I am pleased that a majority in the European Parliament have voted to support this popular resolution, but deeply disappointed the Tories fail to recognise the importance of clean water for all.”

Tory MEPs also refused to back the exclusion of water services from the controversial TTIP trade negotiations. Dr Scott Cato said:

“Under the controversial Investor State Dispute Mechanism (ISDS), which is part of the TTIP negotiations, private water suppliers could be able to sue governments where they deem regulations interfere with their profits. Not only are Tories happy for private companies to run our water, they don’t seem to care if those same corporations have powers to sue governments if they intervene on water supply issues.”

Molly Scott Cato concluded: “This is a good example of where Europe can work for the common good, and shows that if we were cast adrift from Europe, the Tory government would undermine our fundamental human rights and lead us into dangerous waters.”