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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

Community energy meets the Sustainable Development Goals

Berlin, December 12. Nr. 3 of  a series of posts on renewable community energy by Commons Network fellow Cecile Blanchet. If the cooperative model is far from being a new one, it has been lately put in the spotlight as

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Posted in Climate, democracy, knowledge commons

The European Commons Assembly Debuts in Brussels

Proposes new citizen-based institutions for revitalizing Europe and policy. On November 16, 2016 commoners from across Europe will gather in the European Parliament in Brussels to advocate with MEPs for commons-based policy and institution-building. The event is hosted by the Intergroup

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Posted in democracy, Europe, knowledge commons, Urban Commons

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

TTIP & COMMONS – European Parliament

What does TTIP mean for the commons ? What can we say about TTIP from a commons perspective? Commons Network will speak on this in the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a meeting of the Parliamentary Group on Common Goods

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

Dutch propose evaluation of the IP system for medical innovation: Civil Society supports!

Civil Society urges Member States to defend the need for a critical review of the intellectual property system and incentives for medical innovation June 2nd 2016, BRUSSELS—The signing Civil Society organisations call on Member States to resist pressure from the pharmaceutical

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Posted in democracy, Europe, IP, knowledge commons

Roundtable: Why the EU needs Knowledge Commons

On June 1st, hosted by Isabella Adinolfi in cooperation with Commons Network, civil society considers Internet, copyright, health and climate in EU knowledge policy from a commons perspective.”.  From 11.30 – 13.00 at the Altiero Spinelli Building – Seven floor

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

Dutch EU Presidency takes note of excessive IP protection for medicines

 Call for backing comes as Health Ministers meet in Amsterdam today 18 April 2016    AMSTERDAM—We strongly support the Dutch European Union (EU) Presidency’s critique of the current over-protection and misuse of intellectual property and related rights for pharmaceuticals, and

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons
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