Civil society call for full transparency about the EU-US trade negotiations
A joint civil society transparency call to the European Commission demanding the TTIP negotiation process to be open and transparent was co-launched with Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) and 26 other organisations/networks. 250+ organisations have now signed this joint call including; trade unions, consumers, grassroots, development organisations, transparency watchdogs, in Europe, the US, and other countries. We agreed with the other organisations that FoEE will send the letter to the European Commission on behalf of all the signatories on the 19th of May, 2014 (see document below). TTIP is the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated and it will have significant effects on the economy, the environment and the future of citizens on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. Yet, since the negotiations started, they have been taking place behind a veil of secrecy, and there is no way for the public to know what is being put on the table. People have a right to know what is being negotiated. With this public call, we want to send a clear message to the Commission that, without more transparency, public opposition to the transatlantic free trade deal will continue to increase steadily. All negotiating documents must be made public so that a democratic debate can take place. People – not just corporations – must be able to take part in discussions about what kind of economy, environment and future we want. On the contrary, continued secrecy will only fuel suspicions that the negotiations are trading away citizens’ protections for the benefits of powerful industry players on both sides of the Atlantic.