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A Commons Approach to European Knowledge Policy

How can we address the high prices of medicines that are straining health budgets? How can openly sharing green knowledge help an agreement at the climate change talks in Paris this year? How could TTIP further privatize knowledge and what

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Posted in Climate, Data, democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

Radical Democracy in the European Parliament

June 16th- Brussels. At the event Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons hosted by MEPs Julie Ward (S&D) and Paul Dennanot (S&D) a beautiful compilation of documentaries on urban commmons by Doc Next Network was presented with commentary by respresentatives of the network. Commons

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Posted in democracy, Europe

End of Transparency: Paving the way for Trade Secrets in TTIP

June 15th, Brussels, in EUROPOLITICS: Fear struck communities in 2009 as the H1N1 influenza virus (commonly known as swine flu) erupted around the world. On the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which swiftly defined the outbreak as a pandemic,

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

Commons Network selected for Idea Camp on Urban Commons !

June 12th, Berlin. Commons Network has been selected by the European Cultural Foundation for the 3 day Idea Camp ‘Build the City’ on the Urban Commons in Sweden in September 2015.  We will have the opportunity to further develop the idea on ‘a set or rules’ for

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Posted in democracy, Europe

Launch Commons Intergroup European Parliament May 26th

Article: What we Share, A Commons Integroup takes of in the European Parliament

Posted in democracy, Europe, knowledge commons

Civil Society in Europe

Budapest, May 14th  Commons Network took part in a three day mini conference in Budapest with 30 actors to discuss the strengthening Civil Society in Europe. Organisers where the Central European University's School for Public Policy and Open Society Foundations Europe. In a

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Posted in democracy, Europe

EU trade secrets directive threat to free speech, health, environment and worker mobility

  March 24 2015  A Broad public interest coalition issues a statement on the Trade Secrets Directive being dicussed in the European Parliament. As it stands the Directive threatens access to information in the areas of health and environment, and poses

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Posted in Data, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

A Commons Intergroup in the European Parliament

March 12-2015   Commons Network coordinator Sophie Bloemen contributed an article to the online journal Berliner Gazette on the Commons Intergroup taking shape in the European Parliament and what the Commons Perspective could mean for European Politics. On the 31st of

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Posted in Europe, knowledge commons

TTIP van de IJsberg

March 5th, 2015   Krant over TTIP-vrijhandelsverdrag waarover wordt onderhandeld tussen de EU en de VS. De krant is gemaakt door mensen van het Platform Authentieke Journalistiek (PAJ) en, met steun en medewerking van talloze andere organisaties zoals SOMO, TNI, WEMOS,

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Posted in Europe, IP, TTIP

MEPs must protect public from EU-US trade deal threat

  March 3, 2015 – As the European Parliament drafts its opinion on the controversial TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) talks, 375 civil society organisations from across Europe have called on EU decision-makers to protect citizens, workers, and the

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Posted in Europe, TTIP
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