Slovenian Water Is A Public Right
Slovenia is the first European country to add an amendment to its constitution that declares water as a fundamental right, making it impossible to be privatized or commercialized by international corporations.
Slovenian President Miro Cerar, who campaigned for the amendment prior to the vote on November 17th 2016, describes water as the “liquid gold of the 21st century”, arguing that it has to be protected “at the highest legal level”.
In 2010, the United Nations declared the access to fresh water as a human right. However, since the resolution was not a legally binding one, it is up to the members of the European Union to decide individually about the privatization of their water ressources.
In the past, there were several examples showing that selling public water supply to private corporations is a bad idea: In the course of the financial crisis, Portugal sold their water supply to private investors, which caused the water to increase in price by around 400 percent. And when the British capital city London decided to put their water supply system into private hands, the water quality decreased massively due to the investors not maintaining the necessary infrastructure.
Water and Sanitation is one of 17 Sustainable Goald the United Nations declared in the year 2015.
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The Slovenian centre-right opposition abstained from the vote, stating that the amendment was unnecessary. But those examples of water privatization in the past have shown how important it is to protect water from investors and corporations, especially since water becomes a more valuable natural resource with every day.