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Switzerland should stop pushing for TRIPS-plus measures in trade agreement with Indonesia

Swiss and Norwegians civil society groups led by Public Eye and Third World Network addressed today their serious concerns in an open letter to their Minister of Trade over TRIPS-plus provisions being included in the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), currently under negotiation between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Indonesia. The groups demand that EFTA removes them from the CEPA with Indonesia.

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TRIPS-plus provisions – such as data and/or market exclusivity on pharmaceutical products, patent linkage, patent term extensions, etc. – erect barriers to entry of generic competition allowing the intellectual property holder to maintain market monopoly. Consequently, prices remain high, thus hindering access to affordable medicines.

Such provisions, going beyond the requirements of the World Trade Organization TRIPS Agreement, will furthermore make it extremely difficult for Indonesia to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal 3 on health which were agreed to by all EFTA countries and Indonesia.

More information about TRIPS-plus provisions in French or German here

Download the open letter (PDF, 144 KB)