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Dear reader,
We are pleased to send you our first newsletter on Commons Network's activities, publications and events. We will be sending out a few of these per year and additionally send out some themed ones to a selection of our contacts. You will find both upcoming and past activities. In this one, we have a little overview of some 2016 highlights as well.

This should give you a good impression of why we believe the commons approach: an emerging paradigm embracing stewardship, reciprocity and social & ecological sustainability,  is  helpful to address the many of the challenges our societies face today. 

Below you will find our work demanding that EU public funding results in public goods, with recommendations for the review of the EU's 80 Billon R&D funding program from the health perspective. Also, information & documentation of the first European Commons Assembly,  many other activities and several of our publications.

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The Commons as a new narrative for Europe
CN gave a talk at the Europe Open podium at the Balie in Amsterdam on the what and why of the commons approach. The afternoon was organised at the occasion of the DIEM 25 launch later that evening at the next door Paradiso.
Commons Network co-developed a position paper on the EU R&D Program review (Horizon 2020) published in February. See also Commons Network response Horizon 2020 consultation and the March consultation on the Innovative Medicines Initiative.
Trade, Affordable medicines & Innovation
CN provided a key note to the Berlin Civil society forum on the effect of EU trade policy on the affordability of our medicines and R&D model.  For more info on the content see our paper on TTIP and medicines.



The doctors’ voice in the European medicines debate

March 27-28, 2017
Brainstorming-strategy meeting & public event at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the role of European doctors to guarantee the primacy of public health interests in medicine policies
Co-organised by MEP Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, DK), Commons Network & European Public Health Alliance
Read more


Dutch Commons Assembly meet up in Amsterdam

April 13, 2017
Commons Network co-hosts the first Dutch Commons Assembly! It will take place at the “Pakhuis de Zwijger” in Amsterdam.
Read more

Past events

 European Commons Assembly  

Nov. 14-15, 2016 - 150 commoners from across Europe met in the EU parliament in Brussels to strengthen the commons movement and liaise with the political arena - Read more

Energy Democracy

Jan. 7, 2017 - Commons Network's fellow Cecile Blanchet gave a presentation on remunicipalisation of the energy system at the conference "Zonder de NAM" in Groningen - Read more

European Commons Assembly in the Netherlands

Jan. 11, 2017 - Commons Network's Sophie Bloemen presented the movement at the Pakhuis De Zwijger (Amsterdam) - Read more
How the commons can revitalise Europe

Commons perspectives could help to reinvigorate Europe with constructive and concrete policy implications on many terrains.
An article by D. Hammerstein & S. Bloemen published in the Green European Journal and featured in Eurozine
TTIP and Affordable Medicines

How TTIP may obstruct progress towards sustainable access to medicines
A Joint report by Commons Network, Public Citizen and Health Action International
Blogs from the Commons Network on the P2P Foundation website
A selection of re-blogs in a beautiful setting
Highlights from 2016
Roundtable: why the EU needs knowledge commons (Jun. 2016)
Publication in Open Democracy (Nov. 2016)
by Sophie Bloemen and Till Gentzsch
European Alliance for responsible R&D and affordable medicine
Check out our new fellows' profiles
we are happy to welcome Till Gentzsch (Urban Commons), Cecile Blanchet (Renewable Energy),  Bruno Carballa Smischovski (Collaborative economy and Data), Thomas de Groot (Community and knowledge manager) & Carolyn Whitten (Access to Medicines and Strategy) on board the Commons Network!
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