HYDROPOLITICS

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DURATION: 52 min

COMPLETION DATE: TBA

 

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

What is water for the European Union? A vital public good and a human right or another product on the market?

Southern countries, mostly Greece and Portugal, are forced to privatize their public water companies. It is a stipulation provided in the memoranda signed between the countries and the Troika of lenders, whose members are, together with the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.
Despite this contradiction, the Commission insists on saying that it maintains a neutral position between the public and private sector as far as water is concerned, respecting the Community Treaties.

The EU has still to recognize water as a human right (as the UN did in 2010), while the cacophony among European Commissioners, their letters and propositions, as well as who their advisers are, seem to indicate that the full liberalization of the water market, a billion dollar industry, is a priority and not the right of all to have access to the vital water.

The model that has already begun being applied in the south, is taking place at a time when the developed European countries, which for years tested the private model of water management, return to public management, because of allegations of corruption and dramatic tariff increases.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Europe demand that the European Commission guarantees the right to water for all European citizens and for its management to be excluded from the market liberalization.

The documentary is filmed in Greece, France and Belgium and attempts to shed light on a case that is of such importance to the human existence.

 

 

 


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