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EPHA – Workshop co-organised on the public health impact of investor-state dispute settlement

In the context of several ongoing and upcoming trade negotiating rounds, with among others the US, India and Thailand, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) along with other organisations and MEPs debated the impacts of agreements on public health at a workshop on 3 December. This follows the conclusion of the first ever EU-wide investment protection chapter, in the trade agreement with Canada.

The event’s discussions dealt with investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) within investment and trade agreements. ISDS may have harmful effects on access to medication and tobacco control measures. The debates covered policies to ensure good public health standards within partner countries. Indeed, some ISDS cases have jeopardise Governments’ legislative framework to protect health and the environment.

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Originally posted on 17 December 2013

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