Tuesday, September 15, 7-9pm at Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, Barcelona
Organised by Enginyeria Sense Fronteres (ESF), Platform Aigua és Vida (AeV), Transnational Institute and European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)
The trend to take back water management into public hands has taken momentum in recent years, in the face of the unfulfilled promises of the private sector. The question is no longer whether water management should be public or private, but rather when will existing water concessions be reversed, and how to build a more democratic water model.
Paris remunicipalised its water service in 2010; within only a year, the city saved 35 million Euro and reduced the water rate by 8 per cent. In Barcelona, the city's new government is committed to taking back the management that is currently controlled by the transnational company AGBAR. In Spain, the national association AEOPAS is promoting remunicipalisation processes everywhere and brings together public water companies. In Catalonia, the Aigua és Vida (Water is Life) coalition is the main voice of civil society on the subject. And in Terrassa, a town just 20 km north of Barcelona, the Taula de l'Aigua (Water Table) has succeeded in turning the issue of water management in the city, where the current private concession ends in 2016, one of the key topics of public debate.
On September 15 at 7pm, the main actors of water remunicipalisation in Catalonia, Spain and elsewhere will share their views and experiences at this open event that will take place at the Vila de Gràcia square, Barcelona.
Célia Blauel, Paris deputy mayor and president of Eau de Paris
Janet Sanz, Barcelona deputy mayor and head of the Environmental Department
Luis Babiano, manager, Asociación Española de Operadores Públicos de Abastecimiento y Saneamiento (AEOPAS)
Moisès Subirana, Aigua és Vida
Cèsar Guia, Taula de l'Aigua, Terrassa