The citizens of Thessaloniki gave a decisive answer against government plans for the privatization of the public water organization as they voted by 98% not to be privatized. The voting took place on Sunday 18 May, parallel to that of the local elections in Greece.
218,002 citizens have voted in 181 electoral centers. 213,508 (98.04%) have voted against water privatization, 4,278 (1.96%) have voted for it. Counting votes process ended at 4:00 in the morning. In 2 of the 192 spots the process was canceled while in 9 of them, were areas that they are not being supplied by the public water organization of Thessaloniki.
30 workers-union members in sectors of European water organizations and members of the European Federation of Public Service Unions, as well as member of European organizations against water privatization from other EU countries, were present as observers on the process.
Many people participated in the process, despite government's plans to forbid it. The participation in many electoral centers was above 80%.