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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

A Commons perspective on TTIP & Europe

July 7th European Parliament: Intervention Sophie Bloemen on TTIP, CETA & Commons – Committee meeting Intergroup on Public Services & Common Goods.  Although everyone here is obviously very aware of it, I cannot emphasize enough the deep crisis of the EU and

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Posted in democracy, Europe, IP, 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

Why you should be concerned about TTIP and Access to Medicines

February 17 2016. Both the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) are confronted with increasingly high medicine prices. European Member States are facing a looming access to medicines crisis as they struggle to afford new, patented, high-priced medicines.

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

The EU can take the lead for affordability, openness and accessibility

Below is a short summary of David Hammerstein’s talk at the event “Health for sale”, The Hague, February 6th, 2016 The present model of biomedical innovation is morally unacceptable because it cannot be universalized to permit affordable, effective and safe

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

Stop Trade Secrets- A Dangerous EU Legislation Which Must Be Rejected

What is the problem? Trade secrets are everything companies keep secret to stay ahead of competitors. A secret recipe or manufacturing process, plans of a new product, prototypes… The theft of trade secrets can be a real problem for companies,

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP

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

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 globalinfo.nl, 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

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

December 17th -Joint Statement:  We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets because it contains: An unreasonably broad definition of “trade secrets” that enables almost anything within

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Posted in Europe, IP, knowledge commons, TTIP
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