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23/03/2015

[Joint statement] EU trade secrets directive threat to free speech, health, environment and worker mobility

Multi-sectoral civil society coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers 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 a company to be deemed as such; Far-reaching legal remedies for companies whose “trade (...)
15/03/2015

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership International Trade Law, Health Systems and Public Health

Free trade agreements (FTAs) have the declared aim of seeking to increase global trade and promote economic growth. Historically, economic growth has led to improved population health. Yet this link is now weakening, and attention is being focussed on assessing the effect of FTAs on health and the ability of government to mitigate against negative impact. Within this context, this study presents an assessment of the health impact of the proposed FTA between the United States and the (...)
5/02/2015

EU-US trade deal threatens the future of healthy food and sustainable agriculture

The organisations Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Compassion in World Farming, ARC2020, Friends of the Earth Europe and European Coordination Via Campesina co-published a report that describes in details threats from the currently negotiations of the EU-US trade agreement (TTIP) on food and farming systems. It explains how TTIP could promote industrial methods of food production, threatening the survival of small family farms, undermining local food initiatives, undermining standards (...)
2/02/2015

European Ombudsman recommendations to European Commission on TTIP transparency

On 7 January, the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, published a report on the EU-US trade deal and transparency. In it she describes a list of recommendations for the European Commission to improve transparency of the hitherto shadowy negotiations. The Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the wide trade and investment agreement being negotiated between the European Commission and the USA. The negotiations have provoked public outcry because of their effects on the (...)
10/11/2014

[TTIP & Transparency Consultation] EPHA answers to the European Ombudsman Mrs Emily O’Reilly

Brussels, 30 October 2014 - On 29 July 2014, the European Ombudsman opened an own-initiative inquiry towards the European Commission concerning transparency and public participation in relation to the TTIP negotiations (OI/10/2014/RA). The present public consultation concerns that inquiry. The outcome of the TTIP negotiations could have a significant impact on the lives of citizens. The aim of the Ombudsman’s inquiry is to help ensure that the public can follow the progress of these (...)
5/11/2014

Cecilia Malmström » European Commissioner for Trade

From 1 November 2014, Cecilia Malmström will take office as the new Commissioner for Trade, under the Juncker Commission. The appointment of Swedish native Ms. Malmstrom implies that the President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, would like to further promote discussion with the U.S. on the much debated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). By Leonardo Palumbo, EPHA Policy Coordinator for EU Affairs and Arthur Matthews, Policy Assistant As (...)
30/09/2014

[Press release] Health actors urge new European leaders to renew efforts to tackle public health challenges

Brussels, 5 September – Over the last two days, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) held its two-day annual conference entitled “Tectonic tensions – wealthy Europe’s fear of commitment”. The event brought together more than 30 speakers (1) from across Europe’s health professions, governments, the European Commission, civil society and an audience of more than 200 people. The conference addressed the future of public health in Europe just before (...)
16/07/2014

EPHA Consultation response on ISDS in TTIP

16 July 2014 - EPHA advocates that Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) should be excluded from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement and future trade agreements due to the risks of abuse, and to postpone or delay legislation. The risks for public health policy from ISDS are greater than potential benefits. The Commission should prove that ISDS is justified and that proportionate measures to protect both investment and public health policy can be put in (...)
16/07/2014

[Joint press statement] TTIP group members urge Commission to drop business v state dispute resolution

Brussels, 14 July 2014 - Following the end of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations (known as TTIP), the European Environmental Bureau, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to exclude ISDS from TTIP and to publish all contributions. The EEB, EPHA and T&E are members of the EU’s TTIP advisory group representing civil society. The consultation is a key (...)
4/07/2014

[Press release] A win for transparency: EPHA calls for TTIP negotiating documents to be opened to public scrutiny

4 July, Brussels – Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled (1) that access to documents relating to international activity would not be automatically exempt from EU transparency requirements. This decision opens the possibility for the European Commission to make public papers relating to the EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA welcomes the ruling and calls for the release of all TTIP documents into the public sphere and for the (...)

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