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7/04/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) consultation: A missed opportunity?

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 the 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 (...)
29/01/2014

[Summary] Workshop on Cigarette Smuggling at the European Parliament

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 (...)
7/04/2014

EPHA news feed on the prospective EU-US Trade Agreement (TTIP) & its potential impact on public health - Subscribe!!

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? This digest will primarily focus on (...)
24/01/2014

[Joint Open Letter] Litigation from multinationals could block progressive EU environmental and social policies

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 (...)
13/01/2014

[Corporate sovereignty] How trade policy gives companies tools to delay measures to protect public health

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 (...)
2/12/2013

[Save the date] Dangerous side effects: The public health impact of investor-state dispute settlement

In the context of several ongoing and upcoming trade negotiating rounds with amongst others the United States, India and Thailand, civil society will debate with Members of Parliaments and experts the impacts of the agreements on public health. This follows the conclusion of the first ever EU-wide investment protection chapter, in the trade agreement with Canada WHEN: Tuesday 3 December 2013 (13:30-15:30) WHERE: Room ASP 3H1- European Parliament, Brussels Hosted by MEP Linda McAvan (...)
5/11/2013

[EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?

In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)
16/03/2013

[e-petition - UK] Minimum unit price for alcohol will save lives

The British Medical Association has launched an e-petition to call on the UK government not to backtrack on its plans to introduce minimum unit pricing (MUP). MUP is shown in models and in practice in Canada to help reduce the harm associated with the heaviest forms of drinking - and in effect will eliminate the bottom end supermarket and low brand lagers and ciders that are bought in high volume and consumed by the most vulnerable parts of our populations. With this e-petition, the (...)
4/02/2013

Tobacco Product Directive: Commission proposes bigger health warnings & no plain packaging at EU level

After weeks of intense debates, pressure from the public health community and the resignation of the Health Commissioner, the European Commission has adopted its proposal to revise the Tobacco Product Directive. It is now for adoption/revision by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. It is expected to be adopted in 2014, before the end of the Parliament term. The Tobacco Product Directive will rule how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented and sold. Content of (...)
4/02/2013

European Commission taken to Court over privileged access for corporates in EU-India free trade talks

Corporate Europe Observatory launched a legal action against the European Commission for witholding information related to the EU free trade negotiations with India, while sharing the same information with corporate lobbyists. The European Court of Justice will hear the case on January 11 2013. CEO accuses the Commission of discriminating in favour of corporate lobby groups and of violating the EU’s transparency rules. The lawsuit (T-93/11) concerns 17 documents related to the (...)

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