The European Water Movement's Mission

The European Movement for Water as a Commons is an open, inclusive and pluralistic network of movements, social organizations, committees, unions whose goal is to reinforce the recognition of water as a commons and as a fundamental universal right, an essential element for all living beings. We are part of the global water justice movement. We are united to fight against privatisation and commodification of this vital good, and to construct a public and communal management of water, founded on the democratic participation of citizens and of workers. 

Within the European Movement for Water, we currently organise three working groups in order to share progress and help each other:

  • Initiatives/Actions (national referendums, local petitions, European Citizens' Initiatives)
  • EU Lobbying and legislations (EU legislations, monitoring European policies, connecting national level work with EU level work)
  • Building the movement (communications, website, networking)

The Naples Manifesto

The Naples Manifesto is our founding document. It covers our goals, principles and fields of action.


EU Policy Areas

The Movement has a common platform to guide immediate actions to modify existing European directives or to work as a base for new bottom-up proposals for new directives and new principles for the governance of water in the European Union.



List of members of the European Water Movement which includes movements, social organizations, committees, unions from different European countries.