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3/05/2016

#TTIPLeaks and Bridging the gap between trade and public health

EPHA believes that greater transparency is vital to ensure proper democratic and public debate about the impact of trade policy on population health, following Greenpeace Netherlands’ release of classified TTIP negotiating documents By Zoltán Massay-Kosubek, @EU_ZMK, Policy Coordinator for Healthy Trade and Health Equity, EPHA EPHA believes that greater transparency is vital to ensure proper democratic and public debate about the impact of trade policy on population health, (...)
22/03/2016

PRESS RELEASE | Paralysis by Analysis: Public Health concerns on Regulatory cooperation in TTIP

NGOs express concern about Regulatory Cooperation and Good Regulatory Practices in TTIP Brussels, 21 March 2016. EPHA, EHN and EASL maintain their reservations about Regulatory Cooperation and Good Regulatory Practices in TTIP. We welcome the reversed focus of the text by having included the right to regulate for the public interest in the core text and mentioning public health but the risks of increased bureaucracy, decreased transparency and reduced democratic accountability still hover (...)
2/03/2016

Are Affordable Medicines on TTIP negotiators’ agenda?

In February, trade negotiators from the EU and the US met in Brussels for the twelfth round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - behind closed doors. Amongst other things, they discussed an EU proposal on regulatory cooperation on Generic Medicines. The negotations could have dramatic impacts on affordability and accessibility of medicines in Europe, depending on whether the negotiators prioritise public health goals. Is the negotiators’ main (...)
27/01/2016

[Joint NGO Statement] European civil society organisations call for the rejection of the EU Trade Secrets Directive

Brussels, 27 January 2016 - With regard to the upcoming vote on the proposed ’Trade Secrets Directive’ in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (JURI) scheduled for 28 January 2016, a coalition of NGOs issued a joint statement colling for the rejection of the directive as legal uncertainty endangers access to information. EPHA joined the call as the concept of ’trade secrets’ could harm public health and can undermine public access to data on the (...)
9/12/2015

Public health concerns on the ‘TTIP’ EU-US trade deal

An important chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade negotiations between the EU and US deals with ’Regulatory Cooperation’. Whilst it may sound dull and harmless it poses and extremely serious threat to national governments’ right to regulate, for example to protect public health, consumer rights, workers or the environment. EPHA emphasises the need to defend governments’ and the EU’s right to legislate and set policies to (...)
21/11/2015

European Commission revised Investor Arbitration proposal still shows bias and lack of transparency

Brussels, 12 November 2015. Public health groups, including EPHA, EHN and EASL [1] consider that the proposed changes to investor arbitration in TTIP are insufficient to stop companies attacking governments on public health laws, such as those for plain tobacco packaging or transparency of clinical trials. The European Commission (DG TRADE) has today published its revised proposal for an Investment Court System (ICS ) [2] which aims to replace the highly controversial investor-to-state (...)
13/11/2015

Striking the balance: Protecting Health, Protecting Investments

EPHA position on Investment Protection in TTIP and Trade Agreements Response to the European Commission proposal for an Investment Court System to replace Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Striking the balance: Protecting Health, Protecting Investments EPHA position on Investment Protection in TTIP and Trade Agreements Response to the European Commission proposal for an Investment Court System to replace Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) READ THE FULL PAPER HERE. (...)
14/10/2015

New EU International Trade Strategy fails to guarantee health protection

The European Commission has published today its proposal for a new EU Strategy on Trade. The proposed new Strategy, which should set out the EU approach to new international trade deals, including with Asia, falls short of providing safeguards to ensure that European national health services will be protected from threats to public funding or that quality will not be put at risk. Public health campaigners including EPHA insist that trade agreements should not undermine either the quality (...)
29/09/2015

[NGO Statements] How to promote Health in the WHO European Region?

Vilnius, Lithuania, 14-17 September 2015 - Health ministers and high level representatives of the 53 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, partner organisations and civil society, took part in the sixty-fifth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. Civil Society organisations - including EPHA - have issued several statements highlighting the importance of a better and more inclusive healthcare framework for Europe, access to skilled health workers (...)
23/11/2015

EPHA Contribution to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) Handbook for Trade Agreements

EPHA has recently contributed to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) handbook for trade agreements. This guides organisations through the process of assessments necessary for their final reports. EPHA feels that the qualitative and quantitative analysis set out in this guide should have a specific chapter on public health, in line with the requirements of EU law (Health should be included into all EU policies (TFEU article 168)). The European Commission has decided to update its (...)

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