As the first EU country, Slovenia declared water a fundemental human right for all. With 64 votes in favour and none against, the National Assembly enshrined the right to drinking water to the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia.
By doing so, Slovenia protected its abundant clean supplies of drinking water from corporate greed. The prime minister, Miro Cerar, stated that "it is of vital importance to protect the water – the 21st century gold – at the highest legal level".
According to Cerar, Slovenia is one of the states with the highest percentage of water. He continued: "Slovenian water is of high quality and value, which will most certainly draw the attention of various states and multi-national corporations in the future. With water becoming an increasingly rare commodity, pressures will mount, but we must not give in."
Slovenia, a hidden emerald of Europe, was declared the world's first green destination country by Green Destinations earlier in 2016 and to top it all, its capital, Ljubljana, became the 2016 European Green Capital.