Latest News about TAFTA

June 18, 2013- ACTA Blog: FFII Condemns investor-to-state arbitration in trade talks with US (links to

May 31, 2013- ACTA Blog: Vrijschrift Foundation rejects EU- US trade mandate (links to

May 29, 2013- Info Justice: Witnesses at U.S. Trade Hearing Offer Opinions (and Warnings) on Intellectual Property in Upcoming Negotiations with the EU (links to

May 23, 2013- La Quadrature du Net: First Step Towards a Super-ACTA (links to

May 21, 2013- ACTA Blog: European Parliament votes for fake openness in TTIP (links to

May 17, 2013- La Quadrature du Net: European Parliament to Vote Green Light to Next ACTA? (links to

April 24, 2013- La Quadrature du Net: Will the EU Parliament Let TAFTA Turn Into Another ACTA? (links to

March 21, 2013
-Intellectual Property Watch: USTR Tells Congress: EU-US FTA Should Elevate IPR Enforcement (links to

March 19, 2013- Why Transatlantic Free Trade Is a Mistake for Canada

March 19, 2013-Tech Dirt: Now US Wants Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement With European Union to include Turkey: Who's Next? (links to

March 19, 2013
-Gruen Digital: Bundesregierung darf bei TAFTA nicht die gleichen Fehler wie bei ACTA wiederholen (links to

March 19, Aktivister fruktar att Acta-avtalet ska ateruppsta (links to

March 19, 2013-Article 19: Civil Society Declaration: TAFTA must exclude any provisions related to 'intellectual property' (links to

March 19, 2013- ACT UP Paris: Les organisations de la société civile disent non à TAFTA: IP Out of TAFTA (links to

March 18, 2013- Intellectual Property Watch: Nearly 50 Groups Demand IPRs Out of EU-US FTA (links to

March 18, 2013-Heise Online: Aufruf: Freihandelsabkommen ohne urheberrechtliche Bestimmungen (links to

March 18, 2013- Access Blog: Keeping IP out of TAFTA (links to

March 18, 2013-Vrijschrift: Maak Van TAFTA Geen ACTA v2.0 (links to

March 18, 2013-ACTA Blog: Do not turn TAFTA into ACTA v2.0 (links to

March 18, 2013-FFII: Civil society organisations say no to intellectual property in EU-US trade agreement (links to

March 18, 2013-
EFF: Transatlantic Civil Society Declaration: Leave Copyright and Patent Provisions Out of TAFTA (links to

March 18, 2013-Computer World UK: Why TAFTA Matters, and What We Should Do About It (links to

March 18, 2013-Info Justice: Civil Society Statement- No Copyright in the EU-US Trade Agreement! (links to

March 18, 2013-Open Media: Let's come up with a plan to stop international agreements from restricting Internet freedom (links to

March 15, 2013-
La Quadrature Du Net: No Copyright in EU-US Trade Agreement! (links to

March 13, 2013-Tech Dirt: Mexico Will Ask To Join US-EU Transatlantic Trade Agreement (links to

March 6, 2013-Turkish Weekly: Kerry wants Turkey's inclusion in TAFTA (links to

March 5, 2013
- The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Initiative: Hope or Hype? (Bruegel)

February 27, 2013
- The U.S.-EU Free Trade Deal: Foundation for a New Global Economic Order (Global Research)

February 26,2013-For Transatlantic Trade, This Time Is Different (Foreign Affairs)

February 25, 2013- Transatlantic Trade-Offs (Project Syndicate)

February 25, 2013- Will there finally be free trade between Europe and the US? (The Foreign Report)

February 15, 2013- California Wine May Not Pair With French Cheese in Talks (Bloomberg)

February 14, 2013-Infojustice: U.S.-EU Working Group on IPRs in the Upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (links to

February 13, 2013
- EU leaders throw weight behind US trade talks (EU Observer)

February 11, 2013-Final Report of the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth (links to

February 8, 2013-
Tech Dirt: US And Europe Move On to TAFTA: Yet Another Chance to Push Through ACTA/SOPA Style IP Maximalism (links to

February 8, 2013
- What Free Trade Means for Transatlanticism

February 6, 2013- Mars and Venus Don't Matter in International Trade ( The Huffington Post)

February 5, 2013-FFII Acta Blog: ACTA rises? (links to

February 4, 2013
- The era of monolithic trade agreements is over? (ACTA Blog)

March 4, 2013-IP Watch: Push for EU-US FTA Could Restart Discussions About IPRs (links to

February 2, 2013
- Transatlantic trading (The Economist)

January 15, 2013-Infojustice: A Look at Industry Comments Regarding the Inclusion (or Not) of IPRs in Soon-to-Be-Proposed U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement (links to

January 10, 2013
-Europolitics: Exec's working document recommends comprehensive deal (links to

January 2, 2013
- After ACTA: Trans-Atlantic Partnership Agreement (Computer World UK)

December 5, 2012-A free-trade agreement with Europe? (Washington Post)

November 25, 2012- Trade Deal Between U.S. and Europe May Come to the Forefront (The New York Times)

October 24, 2012- European Parliament calls for free trade with the USA (The Information Daily)

October 17, 2012- EU, US to Negotiate Free-Trade Deal From Spring 2013 (Reuters)

IP out of TAFTA

 Civil Society Declaration 

Last year, millions of Americans told their government not to undermine the open internet. We sent the SOPA and PIPA bills down to defeat.

Soon after, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Europe to protest against ACTA, a secretive trade agreement that would have violated our rights online and chilled generic drug competition.

Meanwhile, leaked trade texts revealed US and EU threats to access to affordable medicines, which significantly disrupted trade talks in India and the Pacific.

On February 13, the US President Barack Obama, the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced the official launch of negotiations of a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)—also touted as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.

We, the undersigned, are internet freedom and public health groups, activists, and other public interest leaders dedicated to the rights of all people to access cultural and educational resources and affordable medicines, to enjoy a free and open internet, and to benefit from open and needs-driven innovation.

First, we insist that the European Union and United States release, in timely and ongoing fashion, any and all negotiating or pre-negotiation texts. We believe that secretive “trade” negotiations are absolutely unacceptable forums for devising binding rules that change national non-trade laws.

Second, we insist that the proposed TAFTA exclude any provisions related to patents, copyright, trademarks, data protection, geographical indications, or other forms of so-called “intellectual property”. Such provisions could impede our rights to health, culture, and free expression and otherwise affect our daily lives.

Past trade agreements negotiated by the US and EU have significantly increased the privileges of multinational corporations at the expense of society in general. Provisions in these agreements can, among many other concerns, limit free speech, constrain access to educational materials such as textbooks and academic journals, and, in the case of medicines, raise healthcare costs and contribute to preventable suffering and death.

Unless “intellectual property” is excluded from these talks, we fear that the outcome will be an agreement that inflicts the worst of both regimes’ rules on the other party. From a democratic perspective, we believe that important rules governing technology, health, and culture should be debated in the US Congress, the European Parliament, national parliaments, and other transparent forums where all stakeholders can be heard—not in closed negotiations that give privileged access to corporate insiders.

The TAFTA negotiations must not lead to a rewriting of patent and copyright rules in a way that tilts the balance even further away from the interests of citizens.

Please send an email to if you want to add your group to the declaration.

PDF of Civil Society Declaration without Logos

PDF of Civil Society Declaration with Logos

For a full list of civil society organization please see below

Press Release:Winners of ACTA and SOPA Battles Call for Exclusion of ‘Intellectual Property’ From EU-U.S. Trade Talks  

PC's Blog post on TAFTA: First SOPA then ACTA, now TAFTA- here we go again

Background information

In its June 2012 interim report, the United States-European Union High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth (HLWG) noted that “both sides agree that it would not be feasible in negotiations to seek to reconcile across the board differences in the IPR obligations that each typically includes in its comprehensive trade agreements”. However, after receiving input from pharmaceutical associations in Europe and in the USA urging both governments to address intellectual property in the negotiations, in its final report the HLWG recommends that “both sides explore opportunities to address a limited number of significant IPR issues of interest to either side, without prejudice to the outcome”.

For more information

M. Palmedo,  "A Look at Industry Comments Regarding the Inclusion (or Not) of IPRs in Soon-to-Be-Proposed U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement Interim Report to Leaders from the Co-Chairs EU-U.S. High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth",, January 15, 2013.
M. Palmedo, " US-EU Working Group and Senate Finance Committee on IPRs in the Upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership",, February 14, 2013.
Letter from Acting United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis to House Majority Leader John Boehner notifying Congress of upcoming negotiations with the EU for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Interim Report to Leaders from the Co-Chairs, EU-U.S. High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth
Final Report High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth
Public Comments by National Association of Manufacturers (USA)
Public Comments by the National Foreign Trade Council
Public Comments by the European Telecommunication Network Operators
Public Comments by the European Generic Medicines Association (EU) and Generic Pharmaceutical Association (USA)


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