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Trade talks won’t affect health policy, say EU officials

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4709 (Published 23 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4709
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

European Union negotiators have confirmed that public health issues were not discussed in the first round of talks to create a wide ranging trade and investment partnership with the United States.

At a private meeting in Brussels on 16 July, European Commission officials briefed non-governmental organisations and civil society representatives on the outcome of the opening negotiations held in Washington, DC, on 8 July.

They not only pointed out that the public health sector wasn’t discussed but also said that they did not expect it to feature in the lengthy negotiations that the EU and the US would like to conclude by October 2014.

Confirmation that the public health sector was unlikely to be …

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