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 (...)
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.
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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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17 June 2014, Brussels – Today, the Social Platform together with SOLIDAR, the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised a debate on the ‘possible impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on social and health services’ (1). During the discussion, it became clear that the TTIP could have a detrimental impact on essential public services such as social and health services. (...)
Last week, more than 150 NGOs from the US and EU sent a letter to Commissioner De Gucht and US Ambassador Michael Froman explaining their deep concerns about proposals for "regulatory cooperation". A similar letter was sent on 19 May 2014 by a group of Brussels based NGOs have petitoning Commissioner De Gucht for full transparency on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.
The letter raises EU’s civil society deep concerns about the lack of (...)
On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP).
07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)
On 22nd January 2014, the Policy Department on Budgetary Affairs of the European Parliament organised a workshop on the Smuggling of Cigarettes in the EU and how it relates to the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that will come into force in the coming years. One of the most repeated arguments from the Panel was the conflict of interests within the Tobacco Companies when it comes to smuggling. Among the solutions put forward by the speakers, the setting of an independent public (...)
This week EPHA launched a weekly news feed about the latest developments around the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US and the potential negative effect it may have on public health outcomes on both sides of the Atlantic.
To learn more about this topic, you can read: [EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?
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Brussels, 9 January 2014 - Ten leading European Public Health, Transparency and Environment NGOs, including EPHA, signed an open letter which highlights serious concerns with the mechanism called the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) that risks becoming part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This letter has been published on[Euractive’s website.
The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and (...)
On 3 December 2013, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Linda McAvan (S&D) and Carl Schlyter (Greens) hosted a debate in the European Parliament on the 514 cases that corporations have brought against governments. Some of the examples presented included the international tobacco giant Philip Morris suing the governments of Uruguay and Australia for introducing plain cigarette packaging. This debate is particularly relevant in light of current negotiations between the EU and the (...)