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A covert push for water privatisation?

The European Commission refuses to say whether or not it is using international trade talks to push for new markets for EU-based water multinationals. Trade Commissioner Baroness Ashton appears to be following in the tradition of secrecy established by Peter Mandelson and other predecessors. It is high time for the EU to put its cards on the table. Judging from all available sources, the EU appears in fact to be pushing for including water in trade agreements whenever possible. This approach benefits EU multinationals, but is seriously at odds with securing access to clean water and sanitation for the world’s poorest.

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