March 12, 2014-HAI Europe: Corporate interests should not trump access to medicines for EU citizens in secret TTIP negotiations
November 10, 2013-The Huffington Post: NSA Spying Scandal Roils US-EU Trade Negotiations
November 8, 2013-The Washington Post: The New York Times endorsed a secretive trade agreement that the public can't read
November 6, 2013-The Guardian: It's David Cameron who's rolling over for big corporations in the EU-US trade deal
October 28, 2013-Tech Dirt: How NSA Spying on Angela Merkel May Scuttle TAFTA/TTIP Trade Agreement
October 25, 2013-Inside US Trade: U.S., EU Struggle to Set Dates for Second Round of TTIP Negotiations
October 25, 2013-Inside US Trade: EU Parliament Panel Adopts Data Protection Overhaul with 'Anti-FISA' Clause (wtonewstand.com)
October 24, 2013-Spiegel Online: SPD holds free trade talks with the U.S. in question
October 23, 2013-Tech Dirt: European Commission: ACTA is Dead, Long Live ACTA?
October 22, 2013-The Huffington Post: 'Trade' Deal Would Elevate Corporations to Equal Status with Nation States (links to huffingtonpost.com)
October 4, 2013-Global Research: The US-EU Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA): Bgi Business Corporate Power Grab
September 26, 2013-Tech Dirt: UK Government Study Tries to Gloss Over TAFTA/TTIP's Problems with Impossibly Precise Figures
August 9, 2013 - Mondaq: United States: TPP, TTIP, And Congress: The Elephant In The Room (links to mondaq.com)
August 8, 2013 - The Washington Times: NSA scandal weakens U.S. in EU trade talks, matches China on data theft fears (links to washingtontimes.com)
July 15, 2013 - V3.Co.UK: EU and US internet privacy talks continue in spite of PRISM spying scandal (links to v3.co.uk)
July 11, 2013 - Public Citizen: TAFTA’s Trade Benefit: A Candy Bar (links to citizen.typepad.com)
July 10, 2013 - Business World Online: The free-trade charade (links to bworldonline.com)
July 8, 2013 - Financial Times: US and EU open talks on transatlantic trade pact (links to ft.com)
July 8, 2013 - La Quadrature Du Net: Les négociations transatlantiques nuiront inévitablement aux libertés en ligne (links to laquadrature.net)
July 5, 2013 - ACTA Blog: FFII Comment on TTIP: Openness and the right to participate (links to acta.ffii.org)
June 21, 2013 - Le Huffington Post: Appel contre l'accord de libre-échange transatlantique (links to huffingtonpost.fr)
June 18, 2013- ACTA Blog: FFII Condemns investor-to-state arbitration in trade talks with US (links to acta.ffii.org)
June 17, 2013 - Mediapart: L'accord transatlantique: le pouvoir aux multinationales (mediapart.fr)
May 31, 2013- ACTA Blog: Vrijschrift Foundation rejects EU- US trade mandate (links to acta.ffii.org)
May 20, 2013 - National Journal: U.S. and E.U. Will Gnaw on Trade Agreement (links to nationaljournal.com)
For older news, visit the TAFTA news archive
The US and EU hold the world’s largest bilateral economic partnership. As recognized by the OECD, this alignment of economic power is seen by industry and government representatives as an opportunity to set what they consider a “gold standard” for IP rules which, over time, developing countries will most likely be pressed to adopt.
Consumers should not be excluded from secretive negotiations that can compromise access to health, cultural participation, and free expression. Because the inclusion of IP in TAFTA would likely result in political compromises that fail to adequately account for consumer interests, 45 civil society organizations from the US and EU have signed a Civil Society Declaration asking negotiators to keep IP Out of TAFTA.
Commission's initial position papers on TTIP
European Commission Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising
the opening of negotiations on a comprehensive trade and investment
agreement, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,
between the European Union and the United States of America
Press Release: Winners of ACTA and SOPA Battles Call for Exclusion of ‘Intellectual Property’ From EU-U.S. Trade Talks
Blog post on TAFTA: First SOPA then ACTA, now TAFTA- here we go again
See Civil Society Declaration asking negotiators to keep IP Out of TAFTA.
New! See Presentation "IP Out of TAFTA" by Dr. Burcu Kilic, Global Access to Medicines Program
EU-letter to US on handling of documents (explaining EU secrecy practices) US-EU Civil societies send letter to heads of state on disapproval of TAFTA and its secretive handling
The US and EU have conflicting policies
in many realms of IP. Each party supports more stringent policies in certain
realms. There is a considerable risk that substantive IP negotiations may lead
to worse anti-consumer standards in both the US and EU. An IP chapter in TAFTA would essentially serve
as a forum for powerful lobbies in the US and EU to continue pushing for
maximalist global IP standards that fail to account for the public interest.
Click Here to view the full detailed 10 reasons why IP should not be included in TAFTA
For a pdf version of this document with linked sources: 10 Reasons why IP should not be included in TAFTA
Back to Access to Medicines Page
Copyright © 2014 Public Citizen. Some rights reserved. Non-commercial use of text and images in which Public Citizen holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License. This Web site is shared by Public Citizen Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation. Learn More about the distinction between these two components of Public Citizen.
Together, two separate corporate entities called Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation, Inc., form Public Citizen. Both entities are part of the same overall organization, and this Web site refers to the two organizations collectively as Public Citizen.
Although the work of the two components overlaps, some activities are done by one component and not the other. The primary distinction is with respect to lobbying activity. Public Citizen, Inc., an IRS § 501(c)(4) entity, lobbies Congress to advance Public Citizen’s mission of protecting public health and safety, advancing government transparency, and urging corporate accountability. Public Citizen Foundation, however, is an IRS § 501(c)(3) organization. Accordingly, its ability to engage in lobbying is limited by federal law, but it may receive donations that are tax-deductible by the contributor. Public Citizen Inc. does most of the lobbying activity discussed on the Public Citizen Web site. Public Citizen Foundation performs most of the litigation and education activities discussed on the Web site.
You may make a contribution to Public Citizen, Inc., Public Citizen Foundation, or both. Contributions to both organizations are used to support our public interest work. However, each Public Citizen component will use only the funds contributed directly to it to carry out the activities it conducts as part of Public Citizen’s mission. Only gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible. Individuals who want to join Public Citizen should make a contribution to Public Citizen, Inc., which will not be tax deductible.