Last week EATG contributed to this joint statement at a Civil Society Dialogue meeting on EU trade policy and Sustainable Development with European Commissioner Malmström (Trade). The reason the subject matters is that EU-Third country trade agreement contain intellectual property and clinical trial data exclusivity provisions that can result in longer timeframe for countries to access generics than is currently the case. EATG and the EU HIV civil society forum have address European Trade Commissioners on a few occasions.
“The undersigned organisations call on the European Commission to design and implement a responsible trade policy which ensures health sustainability, enables public health action on health security threats, and mainstreams the EU commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is in line with the obligation in the EU treaties to ensure a high level of health protection in all EU policy areas (TFEU article 168).”
You can read and download the joint statement here: joint statement re Trade4all strategy-layout