[Ip-health] Corporate Domination of Trade Advisory Committees Violates Federal US Laws

Ellen Shaffer ershaffer at cpath.org
Sat Mar 1 15:08:13 PST 2014

*Corporate Domination of Trade Advisory Committees Violates Federal LawNew
Public Interest Advisory Committee on Trade ~ A Small Step Forward*

 March 1, 2014 - CPATH's campaign <http://www.cpath.org/id4.html> to end
the illegal domination of influential federal trade advisory committees by
corporate interests was fueled this week by graphic illustrations in the
Washington Post<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/business/trade-advisory-committees/index.html>on
the committees' current members.

CPATH Reports<http://cpath.org/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/2005_cpath_brief_trade_advisory_process_and_public_health_rep.pdf>first
called public attention to the secretive committees in 2005.
Pressure from public health and tobacco control groups led to the
appointment of a public interest tobacco control representative to the
Agricultural Committee on Tobacco, Cotton, and Peanuts in 2005, and
subsequent Congressional

Congress and the public are increasingly demanding democratic participation
in setting global trade policy, including openly disclosing the terms of
pending trade agreements.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced it will solicit
applications in the near future through the Federal Register for a Public
Interest Trade Advisory Committee (PITAC) to advise the Administration on
trade negotiations.  The PITAC, to include public health and other public
interest representatives, would be a nod towards compliance with the
Federal Advisory Act, which requires all such committees to be fairly
balanced in terms of points of view represented, and the Trade Act of 1974,
which specifies interests that should be included on trade committees.

"Trade agreements are now a key weapon for corporations like tobacco to
eliminate laws that prevent more kids from getting addicted to their deadly
product. The original economic goals of trade deals, like eliminating
tariffs to encourage cross-border trade, were substantially accomplished
long ago. But trade rules have a direct impact on public health and
domestic policy, including access to affordable medicines and health care,
the right and ability of government laws and regulations to protect the
public's health from the epidemic of tobacco-related deaths and diseases,
internet freedom, industrial farms, preventable climate change, labor
rights, and economic instability related to unregulated capital flows,"
said Dr. Ellen R. Shaffer, Co-Director of CPATH.

"The U.S is now negotiating major multi-party agreements, including the
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with 11 Pacific Rim nations, and
another with the European Union, affecting a significant percentage of the
U.S. and the global economy," said Joe Brenner, CPATH Co-Director.
"These massive and controversial new trade agreements call for intensified
transparency and involvement by the public and our elected representatives
in Congress at every stage of trade negotiations," according to Brenner.
"Until now, the TPP has been negotiated without meaningful, informed public
input or debate, yet the finance, pharmaceutical, tobacco, energy,
communications, processed foods and health insurance industries have had
highly privileged access to government trade negotiators."
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*-- Ellen R. Shaffer, PhD MPHCo-Director, Center for Policy Analysis on
Trade and Health/CPATHSan Francisco PresidioP.O. Box 29586San Francisco, CA
94129-0586Phone 415-922-6204
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