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One reason why Syriza won: the access to medicines crisis NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 1 Day, 19 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
by Yannis Natsis, TACD advocacy officer Is there an access to medicines crisis in Greece? Yes, and if nothing changes radically, the worst is yet to come!! This rather pessimistic note summarizes the state of public health in crisis-hit Greece as the...
Spanish Hepatitis C Patients Petition European Parliament NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Days, 18 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Petition to the European Parliament “For a European Plan for against Hepatitis C” presented by “Plataforma de Afectados por la Hepatitis C”(Spain)     Mario Cortes Morales, Spanish citizen, in representation of the &...
Five poor excuses used to block EU Ratification Marrakesh Treaty NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 1 Week, 22 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
  The Marrakesh Treaty was agreed in June, 2013. Now we are well into 2015 and the EU still has no plan on how to ratify the Treaty. While many other countries have either ratified or, at least, made progress to that end, the EU Council is not m...
High priced hepatitis C treatments spark massive public outcry and political debate in Spain NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Weeks, 6 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
      In one of the the largest public health marches in Europe in decades thousands of hepatitis C patients and public health defenders marched through the streets of Madrid last Saturday to demand “treatments for all”. ht...
Marrakesh Ratification: Written question by 19 MEPs to the Council of the European Union NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
On October 21th 2014, the European Commission proposed the ratification, on behalf of the EU, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. The ratification...
Scary Broacasting Treaty: short oral statement at WIPO NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Thank you very much.The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue is concerned about the discussion on this treaty. Whereas in the past, due to the lack of definitions, we called it an unidentified flying object, now, as the definitions get a bit clearer, we f...
Blind persons push for EU Marrakesh Treaty ratification: frustration as EU member states block process NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
 At an event yesterday at the European Parliament blind persons organizations expressed their frustration at the lack of progress toward EU ratification of the global right-to-read Treaty of Marrakesh.   The meeting was organized by the Eur...
Film Screening: “The Internet´s own boy” NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
TACD is pleased to invite you to a film screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” on 1 December 2014 at 6:30 pm in the European Parliament. Aaron Swartz represented the best and the brightest of a generation o...
EU: RATIFY THE MARRAKESH TREATY! event on December 2nd NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty for the right to read of blind and other visually impaired persons Sponsoring MEPs: Alessandra MORETTI (S&D, IT), Enrique CALVET CHAMBOM (ALDE, ES), Max ANDERSSON (Greens/EFA, SE) Co-organisers: Trans-Atlantic Consumer...
“Can we afford our medicines?” Complete summary with document links NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
‘’Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe” European Parliament (room A3G-3), 12 November 2014, 12:30-15:00 Welcoming remarks by Kostas CHRYSOGONOS (GUE/NGL, EL) Affordable access to medicines: the situa...
Presentations at event “Can we afford our medicines?” 12-11-14 NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 10 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Here you can find the slide presentations given at the event “Can we afford our medicines?” that took place on November 12th, 2014 at the European Parliament.  The webstream of the whole event is here: http://greenmediabox.eu/en/ct/6...
Ten bullet points on the upside down world of pharmaceuticals, prices and access NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
CAN WE AFFORD OUR MEDICINES? Notes from introduction to “Can we afford our medicines?” event in EP, 12-11-2014 1. Transparency: Today there is no transparency on prices EU states pay for medicines(taxpayers often don´t know what the...
High prices of medicines and health-driven innovation are not on EU agenda NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Due to the high cost of medicines, millions of citizens of EU member states cannot receive proper medical treatment for a number of very serious illnesses. Practically half of the EU population is excluded from the most effective treatments for cance...
“Can we afford our medicines?” November 12th event. NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
‘’Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe” European Parliament (room A3G-3), 12 November 2014, 12:30-15:00 We would like to invite you to the conference “Can we afford our medicines? The access to...
European Parliament event: “Can we afford our medicines?” November 12th NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
‘’Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe” European Parliament (room A3G-3), 12 November 2014, 12:30-15:00 We would like to invite you to the conference “Can we afford our medicines? The access to...
Notes on new EC Commissioners about access to knowledge NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Notes on access to knowledge and IPR challenges of the new European Commission     Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation   It is generally accepted that copyright constitutes a barrier for EU researchers and...
Access to life saving medicines debate in plenary of European Parliament NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
European Parliament Strasbourg Plenary Session Subject: Commission statement – Access to life-saving medicines in Europe Date: September 16 2014   Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action said that the Commission shared t...
Joint civil society letter to Juncker over placing pharmaceuticals under industry NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Dear Mr. President-elect, We are writing to express our astonishment and concern regarding your decision to move the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the Commissioner in charge of Health to the Commissioner in charge of...
Question and debate in EP (16-9-2014) on high prices of life-saving medicines NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Oral Question posed by French MEP Michelle Rivasi (Greens) Access to medicines has repeatedly made the headlines in many EU countries over the past 3 months (in France, the UK, Spain, Greece, etc.). The reason for that is the price charged for Sofosb...
Gobal Broadcast Treaty and public interest NEW
IP Policy Committee blog 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
Statement to WIPO SCCR 28 on Broadcasting Treaty by TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue     Broadcasting Treaty: Collateral damage to public access   Consumers and users around the world do not want new layers of complications, barriers an...