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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

#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: 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

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

Can Commons Thinking Break into the European Mainstream?

June 8 2017-  Blog by David Bollier on our new paper on EU & the Commons Can Commons Thinking Break into the European Mainstream?

Posted in democracy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

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

How the Commons can Revitalise Europe

The commons is an emerging paradigm in Europe embracing co-creation, stewardship, and social and ecological sustainability. Commons perspectives could help to reinvigorate Europe with constructive and concrete policy implications on many terrains. However, much of the current dominant narrative of

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Posted in Climate, democracy, Europe, knowledge commons
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