On 10 September we stopped collecting signatures for the first
successful European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!”.
Nearly 1.9 million citizens have signed the statement of support
demanding that the European Commission “implement the human right to
water and sanitation in European legislation”.
We would like to thank everybody who has signed and a special THANKS!
to all the people who have helped us to collect signatures. You have
made this ECI a huge success! And this success has already been
acknowledged by the European Commission, by national governments and
political parties, and by people around the world that struggle every
day for their right to clean, safe and affordable water and sanitation.
We have collected 1,547,859 signatures online and around 315,000 on
paper, nearly double the 1 million target and paper signatures are still
coming in. We have passed the minimum number in 13 countries, nearly
twice the required minimum of 7 countries.
This week and next week all signatures will be handed in to national
authorities for verification. Within three months we expect to give a
final valid number to the European Commission. Then the Commission will
have to respond to our demands. We hope to announce a successful
outcome for this campaign on Human Rights Day: 10 December.
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"Thank you for signing" , News Splash n° 22, 11-09-2013, http://www.right2water.eu/news/thank-you-signing (11-09-2013).