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Under the rules, the Commission has three months to analyse the proposal. It can either agree to it in principle, say it needs more time to consider it, or reject it. If it does that, it has to give reasons, which can be legal or political.
Late in December, organisers of the Right2Water initiative formally submitted their proposal after exceeding Air Max 2016 Blue And Orange
"It's rare that we have something this new," Air Max 2016 All Blue Olga Kurpisz, a policy officer at the Commission, said. "This is a very new instrument. It's an historic experience, which is taking place in the EU. It's difficult. The outcome is unknown."
Perret said that was a happy accident. The committee had been struggling to get signatures, which need to be backed up by passport details, until a German comedian Frank Markus Barwasser, known to his fans as the bumbling, hat wearing Erwin Pelzig, independently raised the issue on German television.
will pass legislation.
The Commission, the EU's executive, said it was too early to say what the outcome of the citizens' initiative will be.
aiming to sell off state water companies to pay off debt, while others already have private ownership.
"Eighty percent of Europeans don't want private water," Pelzig ranted in the comic sketch. (Additional reporting by Robert Jan Bartunek; Editing by Alison Williams)
A public hearing on the proposal, expected in February in the European Parliament, could be heated as some member states, such as Portugal, are Air Max 2016 White On Feet
The more than 1.8 million citizens who signed the Right2Water initiative came from across the European Union, but more than half of them were from Germany.
BRUSSELS, Jan 13 (Reuters) Water and who should provide it the public or private sector has become the first issue to be pushed onto Brussels' policy agenda via a new mechanism meant to involve ordinary people in EU decision making.
They say the human right to water should be enshrined in EU law and that public, not private companies should be responsible for providing water services.
AquaFed, the International Federation of Private Water Operators, which represents more than 300 companies in 40 countries, quotes Britain as an instance of privatisation delivering a critical service cost efficiently.
The EU Citizens' Initiative was introduced in 2012 following changes to the EU treaty that were designed to bring law making closer to the EU's 500 million people.
It gives citizens the right to make policy proposals on any issue as long as they have secured 1 million signatures spread across at least seven of the EU's 28 member states although it does not guarantee lawmakers Nike Air Max Reflective Shoes
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