Let’s Move Away from a Fossilised Vision of the Consumer Benefits of Trade

Panel on re-thinking trade policies: a consumer agenda for trade at the TACD Multi-stakeholder Forum in Washington D.C., March 2017

by Susan Grant Last week, consumer groups in the EU and US met in Washington DC for the 17th TACD Annual Meeting. In this guest blog, Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy, Consumer Federation of America and member of the TACD Steering Committee, shares her impressions. Though consumer advocates have made much progress in advancing …

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New resolution on medicinal products and medical devices in the TTIP

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Today, TACD releases a new policy resolution on medicinal products and medical devices (considered as health technologies by WHO) in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution offers a set of recommendations to the EU and US negotiators, stressing that TTIP should under no circumstances reinforce the monopoly power of pharmaceutical corporations, limit the freedom …

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New policy resolution on Technical Barriers to Trade in TTIP

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EU and US consumers say YES to collaboration and exchange of best practices, NO to obligations with negative impacts on consumer protection Today, TACD publishes a new policy resolution on Technical barriers to Trade (TBTs) in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution highlights differences between the US and EU technical regulations, conformity assessment and standards-making …

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TACD releases new policy resolution on better transatlantic cooperation on chemicals in light of the TTIP

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Today, TACD releases a new policy resolution on better transatlantic cooperation on chemicals in light of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution offers recommendations to the negotiating parties on how to achieve better transatlantic cooperation in chemicals management, clearly emphasizing that a future TTIP agreement should under no circumstance act to delay or …

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EU data protection rights at risk through trade agreements, new study shows

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Today, researchers of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR) have published an independent study that clearly shows that the European Union (EU) does not sufficiently safeguard citizen’s personal data and privacy rights in its trade agreements.  The study was commissioned by TACD, together with member organisations European Consumer Organisation BEUC, European Digital …

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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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TACD publishes new resolution on the proposed Intellectual Property chapter in TTIP

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More IP in Trade? No, thanks! Today, TACD releases a new policy resolution on the proposed Intellectual Property (IP) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We believe that trade is not the place to negotiate intellectual property and therefore are of the view that the proposed TTIP should exclude any provisions related …

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TACD Annual Forum 2016: The Precautionary Principle in TTIP

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The 16th TACD Annual Forum ‘The precautionary principle in TTIP: Trade barrier or essential for consumer protection” took place on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. The successful Forum brought together no less than 170 EU and U.S. government officials, consumer advocates and industry stakeholders. As suggested in the title, the …

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Response to the EU Commission’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement “reform” proposal

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TACD has adopted a new resolution, responding to the EU’s proposal for an “Investment Court System”, designed to replace the largely discredited Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system within the text of the TTIP. While the proposed changes address some of our (and others) specific criticisms of the current system’s mode of operation, it does …

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