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Celebrate Public Services Day! Do not trade them away!

(ETUCE-EPSU Press Release Brussels, 23 June 2015 - Embargoed until 23rd June 10am) On 23 June the significant value and virtues of public services are celebrated around the world. In the context reaching agreement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - EPSU and ETUCE emphasise the key role played by public services in the development process and underline that public services are (...)

EPSU update on trade and public services June 2015

(19 June 2015) Below the latest update from EPSU that focuses on trade and public services. This edition focuses on: the vote on 10 June in the European Parliament (EP) on the EP report on TTIP recent exchanges with the European Commission (EC) on health and TTIP, and developments regarding TiSA, including an exchange in the EP intergroup on public services on TiSA. The update also includes in the annex a short overview of literature on trade policy and health. Please also (...)

EPSU update on EU trade negotiations and public services - 12 May 2015

(13 May 2015) This edition focuses on the upcoming World Public Services Day on 23 June, which we think is a good occasion to daw attention to the risks of TTIP, CETA and TiSA for public services. The update also reports on the European Commission’s review of current trade policy and preparing for a Communication in the autumn. Update: Update Trade&PublicServices MAY (...)

EPSU update on EU trade negotiations and public services - April 2015

(1 April 2015) Please find below a new EPSU update on trade and public services issues. Also below an ‘issues paper’ on trade from the European Commission (EC), in preparation of a new policy communication on a trade and investment strategy for jobs and growth, which is to be released in the autumn. More to follow on the content of the issues paper. The EPSU update includes information about the upcoming global day of action on trade agreements, 18 April. You can find on the website of the (...)

EPSU update on EU trade negotiations and public services - March 2015

(3 march 2015) Please find below an update (March 2015) on trade developments. The most important issue at the moment is the preparation in the European Parliament (EP) trade Committee (INTA) of a draft resolution on TTIP. Bernd Lange (S&D) is responsible for this. The EP resolution on TTIP will be an important indicator of the EP’s position on TTIP (and by extension also on CETA and TiSA). We ask you to contact your national MEPs on the INTA Committee to say that you support a strong (...)

EPSU update on trade negotiations and public services
February 2015

(20 February 2015) Below a brief EPSU update on trade and public services issues (TTIP, CETA, TiSA, EU-Japan) and also two very good publications: ‘Impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the Legal Framework for Public Services in Europe’ by Professor Markus Krajewski and Britta Kynast, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. ‘The legal implications for the NHS of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ by Dr. Kyriaki-Korina Raptopoulou, (...)

Update on TTIP and public services!

(1 August 2014, Brussels) Please find below a short update regarding developments with the EU- US trade negotiations (TTIP), with a focus on public services issues and also including some points on the EU- Canada (CETA) and the plurilateral services (TiSA) negotiations. The note covers also some recent meetings, including exchanges with the European Commission and a joint workshop organise in June with the European Social Platform, Solidar and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). (...)

Healthcare, social services and education are not businesses

17 June 2014, Brussels – Today, the Social Platform together with SOLIDAR, the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised a debate on the ‘possible impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on social and health services’ (1). During the discussion, it became clear that the TTIP could have a detrimental impact on essential public services such as social and health services. Although the European (...)

EPSU/NUPGE send joint letter on CETA to EC Commissioner and EU and Canadian governments

In the joint letter (30 April) EPSU and NUPGE repeat concerns over the possible inclusion in CETA of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) provision and ‘negative listing’ of commitments that exacerbate liberalisation of public services. Since October 2013 there has been little news about CETA but this week the negotiations will be on the EU Council agenda. For more see the joint letter: EPSU-NUPGE Joint letter (...)

EU trade agreements and public services
EPSU background note, March 2014

EU trade agreements and public services EPSU background note, March 2014 1. Why are public services and trade policy a growing issue for EPSU? In 2011 EPSU received a leaked EC ‘reflections paper’ on the EU’s approach to public services in international trade and investment agreements. In the paper public services are viewed only in terms of their ‘commercial interest,’ not values. There was no reference to the Lisbon Treaty provisions and in particular the Protocol of Services of (...)

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