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  1. Fighting the commercialisation of education 5 July 2013

    EU ministers seek cultural protections in talks with U.S.

    A group of 14 cultural ministers of the European Union are demanding that audio-visual services be excluded as a “cultural exemption” from planned free trade talks with the United States.

    EU ministers seek cultural protections in talks with U.S.
  2. Fighting the commercialisation of education 18 February 2013

    Canada: Teachers’ guide to copyright released

    The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), one of EI’s national affiliates, has released the third edition of ‘Copyright Matters! Some Key Questions and Answers for Teachers’. The publication takes into account key changes that have occurred in the area of copyright since the previous edition, published in 2005.

    Canada: Teachers’ guide to copyright released
  3. Fighting the commercialisation of education 3 December 2012

    Concerns raised over TPP proposals on copyright

    A number of groups are warning that a potential new trade deal could force countries across the Pacific region to impose new restrictions on copyright.

    Concerns raised over TPP proposals on copyright
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education 3 December 2012

    Europe and the United States eye free trade pact

    The European Union and the United States are set to launch talks early next year that officials say will create a trading bloc representing about half of the world’s economic output and nearly a third of global trade.

    Europe and the United States eye free trade pact
  5. Fighting the commercialisation of education 3 December 2012

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement

    With World Trade Organisation negotiations stuck in neutral, a group of key WTO countries has launched a separate set of talks aimed at creating an International Services Agreement (ISA).

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement
  6. Fighting the commercialisation of education 3 December 2012

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement

    With World Trade Organisation negotiations stuck in neutral, a group of key WTO countries has launched a separate set of talks aimed at creating an International Services Agreement (ISA).

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement
  7. Fighting the commercialisation of education 3 December 2012

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement

    With World Trade Organisation negotiations stuck in neutral, a group of key WTO countries has launched a separate set of talks aimed at creating an International Services Agreement (ISA).

    Negotiators press ahead with new services liberalisation agreement
  8. Fighting the commercialisation of education 18 July 2012

    UK: Unions condemn plans to open more free schools

    The two largest of EI’s national affiliates in the UK, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), have strongly reacted against Downing Street's plans to open a further 100 free schools in England from next year onwards.

    UK: Unions condemn plans to open more free schools
  9. Fighting the commercialisation of education 8 June 2012

    Developing countries frustrated by slow progress at WIPO

    A group of developing countries is calling on the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) to step up efforts to fully implement the Development Agenda adopted in 2007.

    Developing countries frustrated by slow progress at WIPO
  10. Fighting the commercialisation of education 8 June 2012

    U.S. law professors slam Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    Concerns over the secrecy and substance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations prompted 32 leading American legal scholars to send a letter to the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) demanding transparency in the process.

    U.S. law professors slam Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
  11. Fighting the commercialisation of education 8 June 2012

    Rising opposition to ACTA in Europe

    The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is facing a growing backlash in Europe. On 31 May, all three committees of the European Parliament advising the International Trade Committee recommended rejecting the deal.

    Rising opposition to ACTA in Europe
  12. Fighting the commercialisation of education 8 June 2012

    New global services talks launched

    A group of countries billing themselves as the “Really Good Friends of Services” have agreed to start negotiations on an ambitious new global free trade agreement covering all service sectors. Meeting in Geneva at the end of May, the group agreed in principle to begin talks on a new International...

    New global services talks launched
  13. Fighting the commercialisation of education 27 January 2012

    After nearly two decades of negotiations, Russia was formally welcomed into the WTO fold at the Ministerial Conference in December.

    In joining the WTO, Russia had to modify nearly 300 pieces of legislation to conform with international trade rules, and agreed to lower tariffs across a number of industrial sectors and to reduce agricultural subsidies on dairy products and cereals.

    After nearly two decades of negotiations, Russia was formally welcomed into the WTO fold at the Ministerial Conference in December.
  14. Fighting the commercialisation of education 27 January 2012

    Lamy and UN expert squabble over food security

    A public spate broke out between WTO Director General Pascal Lamy and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, during the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference in December.

    Lamy and UN expert squabble over food security
  15. Fighting the commercialisation of education 20 January 2012

    WTO Ministerial reveals widening gap between rich and poor

    The 8th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference concluded on December 17th after 3 days of high level meetings exposed deepening divisions between developed and developing nations.

    WTO Ministerial reveals widening gap between rich and poor
  16. Fighting the commercialisation of education 10 January 2012

    UK: education unions oppose Government’s forced academy programme

    EI’s UK affiliates, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), have deplored the fact that the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is pushing ahead with plans to have schools taken over by outside sponsors and removed from the control of the...

    UK: education unions oppose Government’s forced academy programme
  17. Fighting the commercialisation of education 19 December 2011

    EI brings the voice of teachers at the WTO Ministerial Conference

    The 8th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-17 December. EI joined the international trade union movement in warning of growing social unrest, rising inequality, and increased hardship if trade liberalisation continues in its current form.

    EI brings the voice of teachers at the WTO Ministerial Conference