The Regulatory Policy Institute Research Group

The regulation of water public services in France

Delivered as part of ‘Regulating network utilities in the EU‘, Occasional seminars and conferences 2000

In France, the debate on regulation of public services often excludes the water sector, one of the few sectors not affected by post-war nationalisation. The industry is decentralisied, with quality and price placed on the large number of communes. The 1990s saw increasing social demands in favour of better regulaton.

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