TRIPS Talks: Interview with João Aguiar Machado, EU Ambassador to the WTO

Newsletter Edition #67 [The Weekly Primer]

I. THE GENEVA HEALTH FILES INTERVIEW

“Only a multi-pronged approach will bring about real change”

Q&A: João Aguiar Machado, EU Ambassador to the WTO

[GHF] 1. Can you explain how the three different suggestions articulated by the EU, in its communication to the WTO General Council (June 4, 2021), will come together? These include: a WTO framework on trade and health, the draft Declaration on Trade and Health and a proposal on the approach to compulsory licensing.

[GHF] 2. The EU proposal to the TRIPS Council has focused a lot on compulsory licensing. What is the EU’s position on other aspects of South Africa-India proposal including on copyrights and trade secrets as barriers to equitable access?

[GHF] 3. The proposal by the EU recognizes the “urgent challenge” to ensure a rapid and equitable roll out of vaccines and therapeutics — but the proposal does not mention diagnostics. Can you elaborate why this is so?

João Aguiar Machado, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the EU to the WTO

[GHF] 4. Some critics are of the view that the EU communication at the WTO is more driven by protectionist industrial policy than motivations to safeguard public health. How would you respond to that?

[GHF] 5. How will the EU reconcile its opposition to the TRIPS waiver proposal led by South Africa and India, with the support for this proposal by the European Parliament?

[GHF] 6. How will the 1 billion dose vaccine donations announced by the G7 affect the negotiations at the WTO? Will it ease the public and civil society pressures for a sweeping waiver of IP?

[GHF] 7. What according to the EU will be corners of a compromise as far as the waiver proposal is concerned? Will it the compulsory licensing approach as suggested by the EU?

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