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‘Health Care Is Not A Business, But A Fundamental Right’

Recap: Access to Medicines Movement Meets in Brussels On Wednesday the 31st of January, activists, doctors, advocates, MEPs and representatives of the European Commission met in the European Parliament during an event organised by Commons Network and Health Action International.

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, knowledge commons, Medicine

Special Event in Brussels on Health Commons, FP9 and Public-Needs Oriented R&D

  Health Action International (HAI) and Commons Network (CN) organize a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of the system of medical research & development (R&D). The event will be in Brussels, in the European Parliament, on Wednesday the 31st

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, knowledge commons, Medicine

Mercosur trade agreement negotiations threaten to raise prices on lifesaving medicines.

Brussels: December 5th, 2017 Mercosur negotiations & Policy incoherence: the Commission ignores EU Member States’ doubts on pharmaceutical patents. This week, the EU will finish trade negotiations with Mercosur, a union of Southern American countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine

Access to Medicines: An Urgent Letter

Dec 1- 2017, Brussels. The negotiations between the EU and Mercosur countries are being finalised this week. The trade agreement’s provisions on intellectual property protection threaten to hurt access to medicines raising prices for millions of people. Commons Network has

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Posted in Europe, Health, IP, Medicine, Uncategorized

#ECAmadrid: Introducing The Commoners

On the eve of the European Commons Assembly held in Madrid this week, we asked the participants to introduce themselves and their projects. Click on the titles below to jump to the different sections and join us at the assembly,

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Posted in Climate, Data, democracy, Energy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

The European Commons Assembly and the Way Forward for the EU

The European Commons Assembly is about to start, this Wednesday in Madrid. In preparation, and to get into the spirit of the European Commons, this week we will publish articles and blogs from commoners all over Europe. To kick things

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Posted in Europe, Uncategorized, Urban Commons

The European Commons Assembly: You Can Still Come To Madrid

It’s almost time for the next European Commons Assembly, a global gathering of commoners and commons activists in MediaLab Prado, Madrid. Commons Network is one of the organizers and we welcome you to join us. You can go here to

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Posted in Data, democracy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

Conference: Bottom-up Citizens Movements and Urban Commons

Commons Network director Sophie Bloemen will host a workshop on urban commons on Saturday (September 23rd) as part of the Euler Conference in Berlin. The workshop asks: is urban commons a buzz word, a real alternative or a utopian wish?

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Will You Join Us In Madrid?

  The next European Commons Assembly will be in Madrid in October. And you can still be a part of it: Click here to join.  In cooperation with the Transeuropa Festival and MediaLab Prado, the assembly features 4 days of

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

EU “copyright reform” threatens freedom of information, open access and open science

In early October, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee will vote on the Digital Single Market copyright legislation. Here we would like to express our alarm at the direction EU copyright legislation is taking. We are profoundly concerned that a

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons
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