New Events

International

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

offsite link Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

offsite link RTE bias: A failure of objective journalism Anthony

offsite link Alison O’Connor and professional deceit Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link President Putin?s Speech at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Council Meeting Sun Jun 16, 2019 00:01 | Scott
June 14, 2019 http://en.kremlin.ru/events... President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President of Kyrgyzstan, colleagues, I certainly agree with the positive assessments of the activities of our organisation, the SCO, which have just been voiced here. The SCO is indeed

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/06/15 ? Open Thread Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/06/15 09:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link ?Nuclear Armageddon? and Geopolitical Simulacrum Sat Jun 15, 2019 08:00 | The Saker
by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog As I have now come to expect, some of the comments posted beneath my last article (and if to be honest, beneath any

offsite link The Poles are braver than the Russians! The President of Poland Sat Jun 15, 2019 04:15 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko Translation and subtitles by Eugenia

offsite link The curious case of the tankers Fri Jun 14, 2019 16:49 | The Saker
by Nat South for The Saker Blog I have taken the opportunity to look at the recent incident involving two outbound tankers in the Gulf of Oman. I have got

The Saker >>

Commission defends inclusion of Health in EU-US TTIP trade talks

category international | economics and finance | news report author Monday June 01, 2015 23:29author by No to TTIP Report this post to the editors

The EU's negotiating team for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) met with civil society organisations inside the Commission on Wednesday (27 May) to defend the inclusion of the health sector in the trade deal.

In Europe, universal healthcare is a source of national pride, as well as a constant subject of debate. So, the inclusion of a healthcare chapter in TTIP has triggered heated reactions from health NGOs and trade unions, who are wary of an American-style liberalisation of a heavily regulated sector.
poland_vs_ttip.jpg

David Hammerstein, senior advisor on intellectual property for the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue in Brussels, said the EU-US trade deal could chill legislation offering greater access to affordable medical treatment.

"We are also worried that the safety and efficacy of new medicines will be jeopadised by new deregulation proposals," Hammerstein said. In his view, TTIP will strengthen corporate power over commercial confidentiality and lower the transparency of clinical data.

Neutrality

Fernando Perreau de Pinninck, head of the Commission's Trade unit on Tariff and Non-tariff Negotiations and Rules of Origin, rebutted those claims, saying TTIP would be "neutral" when it comes to health policies.

"The objective is to look at where we can cooperate and achieve outcomes in the areas of our interest. We will always at the very least provide protection of our regulation, but normally the consequence will be that whenever there is an alignment in the regulation, the Commission will make sure that a product is totally complying with domestic legislation," Perreau de Pinninck said.

Some health NGOs expressed concerns that TTIP could favour the private sector over public health services. But Commission officials said this was a matter to be addressed at the national level.
"Let's not put issues into TTIP which are not part of TTIP," said Marco Dueerkop, deputy head of unit covering services at the Commission's DG Trade. "It's very much up to the member states which sectors they want to open up to the market and this reflects societal choices," he added.

"It will not impact the question on whether we want the private sector to play a bigger role in the health sector," Dueerkop continued saying. "Every second week we discuss with the member states which exemptions they want to have in the area of health which reflect the political decisions in the member states."

Sebastien Goux, a policy officer at the Commission's health unit covering medicinal products, argued that TTIP gives the EU an opportunity to deal with a small number of targeted areas where the US does not offer the same level of protection.

One evident area, he said, is copyright and data protection. "Both sides have very sophisticated rules and systems. If you look into detail, sometimes the EU will have a better level of protection, for example on test data, but sometimes the US can have a higher level of protection. We have two different systems, but we have a high level of protection," Goux assured.

Timeline:

13-17 July 2015: 10th round on TTIP negotiations.

Related Link: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/commission-defends-inclusion-healthcare-sector-eu-us-trade-talks-314913

Caption: Niamh: #YesBecause the Scottish NHS must be protected from budget cuts & the TTIP treaty


Caption: EU-US trade deal won


author by newsmedia - newsmedianewspublication date Tue Jun 02, 2015 06:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is no trade deal.

Trade is a good thing.

What we are seeing here is the promotion of corporate profits above all other consideration.

Promotion bought and paid for by the very same corporate structure.

 
© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy