Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right

Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental rightSlovenia has made access to drinking water a constitutional right in a bid to protect the Alpine nation's water resources from excessive exploitation.

The government on Thursday approved the change in a 64-0 vote in the 90-member parliament.

The centre-right opposition Slovenian Democratic party (SDS) abstained from the vote saying the amendment was not necessary and only aimed at increasing public support.

Slovenia's constitution now states everyone has the right to drinking water. It says water resources are a public good managed by the state and supplied in a nonprofit service.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar says "being able to drink tap water around Slovenia should not be taken for granted."

"It is a huge privilege that we must preserve for us and generations after us," he added.

Slovenia is the first European Union country to include the right to water in its constitution, although according to Rampedre (the online Permanent World Report on the Right to Water) 15 other countries across the world had already done so.
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