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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 (...)
13/01/2016

[EPHA Position] How to include Public Health into the EU Trade Policy Strategy?

The objective of the European Public Health Community is to protect and promote public health by ensuring policy and regulatory space for governments and the EU by incorporating flexibility: Improved well-being of people should be the primary objective of EU policies, and EU trade policy is regarded as a tool to achieve a number of public interest objectives, including, protection of public health, the environment and consumer interests. - EPHA Position How to include Public Health into (...)
1/08/2015

[Conference Proceedings] TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?

To intensify the dialogue among civil society organisations, TTIP negotiators and political decision makers, Demeter International, in cooperation with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised the European policy conference “TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?" The event took place on 15-16 June under the umbrella of the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC 2020) and was hosted by the European and Economic Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The conference aims (...)
8/07/2015

[EHN-EPHA Joint Press Release] European Parliament safeguards health in TTIP, says No to ‘business as usual’ ISDS

Brussels, 8th July – Today, the European Parliament adopted its Initiative report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA and EHN welcome the report as it includes vital safeguards for public health, and sends a clear signal that the controversial Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) must be reformed. It is essential that EU trade agreements do not limit the ability of (...)

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