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The doctors’ voice in the European medicines debate

On March 27 and 28, the Commons Network will co-host a brainstorming-strategy meeting and a public event at the European Parliament (Brussels). We are organising this event together with MEP Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK) and the European Public Health Alliance

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine

Energy as a common good

February 22- 2017 Locally designed and owned energy systems can provide several comparative advantages in Europe and beyond: it favors the access to energy for all (“the right to energy”) and inclusiveness, it fosters energy efficiency and saving (by not

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Public Return for Public Spending – Horizon 2020

Press Release                                                          Thursday 2 February, 2017  European Public Health Advocates demand greater Public

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine

Dispatches from the European Commons Assembly

February 1st 2017 Watch: Three days in Brussels Read: Stories on ECA         Many people are engaged in commons-based alternative practices as part of the struggle for ecological, social and cultural transition within their communities. In these fields,

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Posted in democracy, Europe

How the Commons can Revitalise Europe

The commons is an emerging paradigm in Europe embracing co-creation, stewardship, and social and ecological sustainability. Commons perspectives could help to reinvigorate Europe with constructive and concrete policy implications on many terrains. However, much of the current dominant narrative of

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, knowledge commons

Commons Network at energy conference “Future without the NAM”

Our Energy fellow Cecile Blanchet participated on Saturday 7 January  to  “a future without the NAM“in the Netherlands. The focus was on the potential remunicipalization of the gas utility (the NAM), which is exploiting the huge gas field under the province of

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Commoners hit the capital of Europe: Commons Assembly in Brussels

22 November 2016- In the wake of Trump´s shocking victory and in the midst of a deep EU crisis accelerated by Brexit many commons activists around Europe have reacted with a sense of “Don´t mourn, commonify!”.  The current economic order

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Posted in democracy, Europe

The European Commons Assembly Debuts in Brussels

Proposes new citizen-based institutions for revitalizing Europe and policy. On November 16, 2016 commoners from across Europe will gather in the European Parliament in Brussels to advocate with MEPs for commons-based policy and institution-building. The event is hosted by the Intergroup

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Posted in democracy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

Report reveals danger of TTIP locking Europe & US into higher drug prices, failed pharma innovation model

Press Release | 3 October 2016 | Download Link AMSTERDAM—The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) risk being locked into higher drug prices and a failed model of pharmaceutical innovation during negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Health, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

On the rise: European Commons Assembly

Networking, unity and policy around the commons paradigm On September 26, a group of nonprofits, activists, and other civil society organizations jointly publish a “Call for a European Commons Assembly”. The collectively drafted document, which continues to garner signatures from groups

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Posted in democracy, Europe