Advocacy Groups Demand More Transparency from European Commission on Trade Agreement Negotiations

Advocacy groups ACT-UP Paris, April, and La Quadrature du Net issued a joint statement this week demanding that the European Parliament's European Commission and Member States be more transparent in the negotiations of a number of trade agreements including The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), the India-EU, Thailand-EU, Moldavia-EU Free Trade Agreements, and more.

The groups are asking the European Commission and EU Member States to immediately publish the contents of currently negotiated agreements, stop including provisions in trade agreements that undermine "fundamental freedoms" and "the development of free software or access to affordable generic drugs for millions of people," inform European citizens about any criminal sanctions or provisions currently being negotiated, and that EU Member States "remind the European Commission of the limits of its negotiating mandate."

"It is unacceptable that measures threatening fundamental freedoms be negotiated in total opacity by unelected administrators when these provisions, which go way beyond trade agreements, must be debated in a democratic and transparent way," the groups said in a joint statement.

Source: Info Justice

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