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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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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

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

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

News: Commons Network Releases Urgent Call To Europe

Berlin/Brussels 24 May, 2017.  Commons Network releases its new policy paper for Europe today. It is an urgent plea to Europe and a call to arms for all activists and Europeans. ‘Supporting the Commons: Opportunities in the EU Policy Landscape’ is an appeal

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

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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