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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

Announcing: A European Commons Assembly

Our call  26 September 2016. Civic and community initiatives are working to vitalize our urban, rural, scientific and digital commons, and promoting a future guided by democratic participation, social equity and environmental sustainability. At the heart of these acts of

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Posted in democracy, Europe

Is (renewable) energy a common good?

Nr. 2 of  a series of posts on renewable community energy by Commons Network fellow Cecile Blanchet. How relocating energy in the commons helps scaling-up renewables & saving energy Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good?

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe

Letter to the EU Commission on pharmaceutical system review

Open letter to the European Commission on the follow-up of the June 2016 EU Council Conclusions on “Strengthening the Balance in the Pharmaceutical Systems in the EU and its Member States” On 17 June, 2016, all 28 European Union (EU)

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Health, Medicine

Thoughts from the Peer2value conference

  During two days at the beginning of September, the commons collided with renewable energy. Lots of very interesting exchanges and new ideas on energy cooperatives, barriers and enabling environments, storage and infrastructure. How to scale-up community energy? This was

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Commons Network Co-Host of PeerValue Conference

Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy is a conference integrating conversations and plans of action for shaping and connecting the Commons on a global level. The conference is organized along three tracks*: Track 1: P2P: Inclusive Politics, Activism and

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Commons Network co-hosts ‘the City as a Commons’ at Pakhuis de Zwijger-Amsterdam

Amsterdam 1 September 2016- An evening on the rich history and promising future of the commons. How can we govern urban commons in co-creation? In search of a new democracy we are exploring new governance structures based upon the concept

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Activist Campus in a Castle: Commons Network takes part

The campus of European Alternatives brought together 80 activists from different parts of Europe to exchange, reflect and strategise together on how to build transnational alternatives to politics as usual. This is a short video summing up the EA Campus

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Posted in democracy, Europe, Urban Commons

Why Does Community Energy Matter?

Community energy: a commons approach.  Nr. 1 of  a series of posts on renewable community energy by Commons Network fellow Cecile Blanchet. If the need for more renewable energy* or more democracy seems pretty obvious to most of us, the need for more (citizen) ownership is

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, Urban Commons
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