In October the Turkish president Erdogan inaugurated a pipeline that brings water from the Alakopru dam in Turkey to the North of Cyprus. The project called Peace Water provides northern Cyprus, which is under Turkish control, annually with 75 million cubic metres of fresh water. In the South of Cyprus, which is part of the EU, the Peace Water project is considered by protesters as a consolidation of the Turkish occupation.
At the end of September in New York the United Nations accepted new Millennium Development Goals, the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Now, besides water and sanitation, the use and reuse of water are included. The implementation of the SDG’s present a challenge for Europe and require transformation. This is the conclusion of a multi-stakeholder discussion, organised the 12th of October by the European Water Partnership in Brussels.
EU Member States have a duty to ensure free access to water is guaranteed for all. All suppliers should provide safe drinking water and improve sanitation. The European Parliament voted on the 8th of September on a report of Member of Parliament Lynn Boylan. The report was adopted with 363 votes in favour, 96 against and 261 abstentions.
ATHENS - The new plans of the bail-out for Greece again include the privatisation of the drinking water companies Athens Water Supply & Sewerage S.A (EYDAP) and Thessaloniki Water Supply & Sewerage S.A. (EYATH). This time Troika insists on selling shares, but the majority (51%) will remain Greek. Greek citizens are protesting against the privatisation because they fear the consequences.