Unhealthy trades: EU public health group identifies health risks in trade agreements

June 3, 2019: A new report by the European Public Health Alliance has identified nine risk areas for public health in EU trade deals being negotiated with Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay Paraguay and Chile.

The risks include giving global companies rights to bypass national courts and sue governments over health and environmental laws, stronger monopolies on medicines which delay the availability of cheaper medicines, and restrictions on health labelling of tobacco, alcohol and food. In short, trade agreements expand trade in unhealthy products while restricting the scope of governments to act to protect public health. They call for comprehensive health impact assessments of trade deals before they are signed.

AFTINET has identified the same risks in the EU FTA, RCEP and other trade deals being negotiated by Australia.