Debt-driven water privatization: The case of Greece

  • Maria Pempetzoglou Department of Social Administration and Political Science., emocritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Zoi Patergiannaki


The privatization of water services is a basic conditionality in the structural adjustment programs imposed by international financial institutions, such as the IMF and the World Bank, on indebted countries. In the same sense, the financial assistance that has been offered to Greece from Troika, since the beginning of the financial crisis, in the late 2009, was accompanied by the commitment, to privatize, among others, the two largest public water companies. The consequences of water privatization policies include increases in prices, poor quality of services, little or no investment, rise of income inequality, high levels of corruption, loss of jobs and deterioration of working conditions. Despite the fact that privatization of water supply companies has been proven to be ineffective in many parts of the world and the tendency towards the remunicipalization of water services that has lately been detected, international financial organizations continue to set water privatization as conditionality. The unconstitutionality of the policy and the strong opposition of citizens and unions to water privatization seem to be inefficient to prevent the Greek government to proceed to the establishment of a public-private partnership in the water supply sector.
May 19, 2017
How to Cite
PEMPETZOGLOU, Maria; PATERGIANNAKI, Zoi. Debt-driven water privatization: The case of Greece. European Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 102-111, may 2017. ISSN 2414-8385. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 july 2018. doi: