HAI Europe, as member of the Latin-American and Caribbean -Global Alliance for Access to Medicines, has prepared a briefing paper providing an overview of the agreements’ history: the initial European demands on Intellectual Property; their implications for access to medicines; negotiation developments and their final outcomes.
This publication, The European Union & Andean Community Trade Agreements, Intellectual Property & Public Health, also considers the negotiations’ political context with the breaking up of a multiparty agreement into bilateral ones, and the potential impact of several Intellectual Property provisions on access to medicines in Colombia and Peru. This policy paper is available in English and Spanish. As a complement, HAI Europe has also developed a Chronology which traces back the EU-Andean Community trade agreement since June 2007.
We believe that, as the European Union (EU) moves along in its trade negotiations with the MERCOSUR and other developing countries, this paper will help to look back on previous negotiations and to take stock on lessons learnt
The Chronology paper is available at: http://haieurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/HAI-Europe-Chronology-The-EU-Andean-Community-trade-agreements-access-to-medicines.pdf