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Housing Minister accused of delaying 2016 bill to prevent privatisation of Irish Water

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy “has deliberately sought to delay a bill aimed at ensuring Irish Water remains a public company, the Opposition has claimed.” Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin says “we are fed up with the delays, we want to proceed. Absolutely they are seeking to delay this. (…) Mr. Ó Broin expressed his anger with the further postponement of Committee Stage of the Water in Public Ownership Bill that was due to take place tomorrow. ‘The Committee Stage of Water in Public Ownership Bill has been delayed yet again at Minister Murphy’s request. This is clearly a delaying tactic by the government as it clearly does not want a referendum to ensure water services remain in public ownership,’ he said.”

Source: www.irishexaminer.com

Long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization

Morena senator and upper house speaker Martí Batres says long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization. “Batres said that although the current federal government will not privatize the resource, measures are needed to prevent future administrations from doing so. According to the lawmaker, commercial exploitation of water has happened without implementing legal reforms at the municipal or state level. Batres cited the water decrees former president Enrique Peña Nieto signed at the end of his term last year as ‘a little heritage of water basin privatizations.’”

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The European Court of Justice has set back efforts to privatize ambulance services

The European Court of Justice has set back efforts to privatize ambulance services. “In Germany, state and local governments are responsible for organizing the emergency services. In many cases, they appoint non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross or the Maltese Relief Service to bring emergency patients to the hospital. Often these contracts are awarded without Europe-wide tenders.” The ECJ upheld this practice, which was being challenged by the private, for-profit Falck group of companies from Denmark. In the United States, privatization of public ambulance services has created serious problems.

Source: DIE WELT

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Stop Bad Contracts – Protect Public Services: Sample Provisions from State Statutes

States and local governments spend a substantial portion of their budgets on contracted services, often with no assurance that quality of service will be maintained, costs will be controlled or the public interest will be protected. There ought to be a law! And in many states there are laws that help to protect the public interest. Following are some examples.