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AIM - Position paper on TTIP

The Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM) has published a position paper underlining the impact that the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could have on healthcare in case these negotiations are not handled correctly.

In its position paper, AIM raises awareness of the issues of transparency, the exclusion of services of mutual benefit societies/health insurance funds, the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), Public Procurement and Pharmaceuticals. Regarding public procurement, AIM wants commitments to be made binding for all Member States and every US State in order to safeguard EU markets.

AIM calls for a greater involvement of the public in the negotiations through the publication of concrete provisions and key documents, as well as for the exclusion of health and social services carried out by mutual benefit societies and other not-for-profit organisations.

In order to protect MS governments from being sued by US investors, the AIM wants ISDS to be kept outside TTIP or, in the case it were included, to exclude IPR from negotiations and to include strong provisions whose aim will be to safeguard the public interest. The sectors of investment should again be mentioned through a “positive list”. AIM answered the consultation on ISDS in TTIP which ended on 6 July 2014.

For more information on the topic, read AIM’s Position Paper here

Last updated on 23 July 2014

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