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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

For Peace, People and Planet.

July 2017.  For Peace, People and Planet: A civil Society Perspective on the next EU Research Framework Programme (FP9).  Ensuring investments address pressing social & environmental challenges. The research that is prioritised and funded today will have a decisive impact on

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

Responses to EU Horizon 2020 and IMI Consultations

12 March 2017. Commons Network responded to the European Commission Public stakeholder consultation on the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 as well as to the public stakeholder consultation on the Innovative Medicines Initiative. In both cases we focus on the need for

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Posted in Health, IP, knowledge commons, Medicine

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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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

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

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
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