Ingvild Bø Moberg (picture), from the Norwegian Municipal and General employees told the Alternative Forum that in Norway, water is managed by the municipalities. But international companies - like the french Veolia - is very active, trying to convince the politicians to privatise the water. But i all these experiments have failed.
By law it's forbidden to make profits on water supply, and the private companies have not been able to make money on the contracts.
The Norwegian government – wich is an alliance of labor, the the left socialist party and a green party – was elected in 2005 with the support of the union movement. Last year, we sat down together with some of our friendly members of parliament Together we wrote a suggestion for a bill to outlaw private ownership of water infrastructure. The bill was passed in the parliament, and we are very pleased to have made the first step in chasing the private water companies out of Norway. -friendly parties.
We are inspired to see so many that are fighting the same fight as we are in securing water as a common human right under democratic management.