[A2k] Claire Cassedy: TTIP: Anti-Transparency Rules laid out in US gov. confidentiality letter obtained via FOIA.
manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Jun 13 09:32:44 PDT 2014
TTIP: Anti-Transparency Rules laid out in US gov. confidentiality letter
obtained via FOIA.
KEI has obtained the terms of reference (TOR) for the confidentiality of
the negotiating texts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(TTIP) Agreement. The TOR are laid out in a two-page letter from US Chief
Negotiator Dan Mullaney to EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero which
is available here. The letter was obtained through a FOIA request filed by
KEI with the USTR on May 19, 2014.
The introductory paragraph of the letter gives a brief nod to the
importance that the Obama Administration gives to transparency before
adding, "However, the United States also shares the EU's view that a
certain level of special care in handling these documents is necessary to
enable mutual trust between negotiators and for each side to preserve
positions taken for tactical reasons with regard to third countries with
which we are or could be negotiating in the future."
Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
manon.ress at keionline.org, tel.: +1 202 332 2670
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