TACD and its members urge EU leaders to protect citizens’ data in trade agreements

TACD, together with the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), Consumers International, the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC) and European Digital Rights (EDRi) sent an open letter to the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. The letter urges the European Commission to protect consumers’ and citizens’ data in trade agreements, resist pressure and come …

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How to achieve coherence between trade and public health in TTIP?

By Zoltan Massay-Kosubek The author, who is Policy Coordinator at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) argues that trade liberalisation policy can both support public health goals and undermine them. The potential for economic growth and higher incomes enable wider access to healthier lifestyles, while increased availability of cheaper processed foods, tobacco and alcohol can promote further …

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Trade agreements and data flows: TACD at public hearing of European Parliament

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On 16 June 2015, Finn Myrstad (Head of the Digital Services Section at the Norwegian Consumer Council and EU Co‐Chair of TACD’s Information Society Policy Committee) and Anna Fielder (Chair of Privacy International and TACD’s Senior Policy Advisor) spoke at a public hearing that was jointly organised by the INTA and LIBE Committees of the European …

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TACD calls on President Obama for more transparent US-EU free trade negotiations

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Today, TACD wrote to President Obama urging for more transparency in the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Our previous two letters addressed to his Trade Representative, Michael Froman, have fallen on deaf ears. We ask the President to instruct his Administration to share with the US and EU public the combined text versions …

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TACD events: A Transatlantic Consumer Perspective on TTIP

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Members of the TACD Steering Committee and the Policy Chairs met in Brussels from 30-31 March 2015. In addition to holding their half-yearly internal meeting, participants took advantage of the gathering to promote the consumer view on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) further, via two different outreach events: Workshop: “TTIP myths debunked – …

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US Trade Representative urged to respond to TACD’s repeated request for transparency

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Ahead of the upcoming negotiation round for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in April, our Co-Chairs wrote to Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, on behalf of TACD. We urged him again to release documents in the trade talks. Pointing to a letter from January that called for increased transparency, but which so far has …

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TACD comments on draft TTIP Resolution by European Parliament’s International Trade Committee

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TACD has written to Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA), who are currently deliberating on a Draft Report containing the Parliament’s recommendations to the Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EU and US consumer groups commented on the initial Draft Report, highlighting positive points and …

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TACD calls on US and EU trade chiefs to publish negotiating texts

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Ahead of the 8th round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) wrote to the US and EU negotiators. They urged Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, and Cecilia Malmström, the EU Trade Commissioner, to increase transparency in the trade talks. Pointing to the …

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