EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement

New report shows how trade deals undermine health, environmental regulation

May 27, 2019: A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and European research groups analyses the history of trade agreement provisions that seek to “harmonise”  government regulation dealing with health and environmental regulation. The study includes World Trade Organisation agreements, and more recent regional and bilateral trade agreements.

France presses Morrison on carbon emissions, rules out 'double counting'

Thursday March 28, 2019: French trade officials speaking in Paris have laid out a series of priorities for climate negotiations including getting the Paris agreement "fully implemented", raising national ambitions for carbon cuts and getting more ambitious commitments from the signatories by 2020. This policy will be applied in European Union negotiations with Australia for a free trade agreement.

EU-Australia trade agreement could mean higher medicine prices say experts

25 September 2018: A recent article in The Conversation by public health experts confirms that the EU is seeking stronger monopolies  on medicines, including the most expensive biologic medicines  used to treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  This would delay the availability of cheaper versions of those medicines. If Australia agrees, these provisions would have the likely effect of extending the period for which Australia subsidises already very expensive medicines.

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