As the biggest trade area in the world, the European Union has a strong interest in the markets of developing countries. They announce that free trade agreements are win-win situations for both parties, but is this assumption correct?
Discover the impact of the free trade agreements on public health.
Free trade agreements lead to increased commercialization of all parts of the economy. Private companies within public decision-making. The interests of companies are opposed to the interests of the general public. Companies want to make a profit. The public wants products and services that are accessible, whether you are poor or not. Health, labor and environmental rules are being eroded by the principle of free trade. .
Free trade is put forward as a precondition for economic development, necessary for creating welfare and health. But commercial health care creates different levels of access to health care, driving inequality. Market logics trumps the public good.
The work group North-South of the Action platform health and solidarity and the work group Social determinants of health of Be-cause health are launching this film to influence the public and politicians about the negative impact of free trade agreements. TWHA is a member of both platforms. We ask that the European Union stops supporting the privatization and commercialization of health care.
Currently in the news
The debate about free trade is in the news since agreements such as the TTIP come under more and more scrutiny for the broad societal movement. On December 4 the free trade agreement between the EU and Colombia and Peru was ratified in the house of representatives, going against years of protest from farmer unions, doctors, trade unions and environmental activists. TWHA and Intal intervened at the House of Representatives to interrogate politicians about the subject. Read the report here.
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