On 22 January, MEP Christofer Fjellner hosted a lunch debate in the European Parliament on the transfer of technology from developed to developing countries. The aim was to discuss how collaboration between the private and the public sector could best achieve improve access to patients in all third countries. In order to have a constructive debate the panel was composed of representatives from the European Commission (DG DEVCO) Dr. Eric Sattin, the NGO sector (PharmAccess) Mr. Arie de Groot, and the pharmaceutical industry (EFPIA) Dr Evan Lee.

The debate comes at a key time as the EU has given extensive support to the technology transfer elements of the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action, and a Communication on Trade and Development is under consideration.

Read the full report on "Technology transfer to third countries: how to make it a win-win situation?" here.

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