The U.S. side shall provide to the German parliamentarians access to documents on negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union on concluding the free trade agreement and investment partnership TTP, said in the German government.
BRUSSELS, 13 Nov. Alexander Shishlo. The German government instructed the Ambassador in Washington to convey the protest note to official U.S. representative at trade negotiations Michael Froman in connection with the refusal of the American side to provide German parliamentarians access to documents on negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union on concluding the free trade agreement and investment partnership (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP).
As reported on Friday by the Brussels online newspaper EUobserver, the move of the German government is a response to “public accusations that TTIP is negotiated beyond the reach of parliaments and with disregard for the respect of democratic rights”. In this regard, the German Ambassador in Washington, instructed to demand from the Froman open German parliamentarians access to the negotiating documents.
European activists of the public movement Stop TTIP has previously communicated to the President of the European Parliament (the only EU institution directly elected — ed.), Martin Schulz, a petition calling to hold a hearing in connection with the mass protests of the European community. More than 3.2 million signatures were collected in 23 EU countries and submitted to the European Commission as a European citizens initiative (EGI) against TTIP. The European Commission refused to accept the demand to consideration on the ground that the agreement on free trade zone are classified as not legal, and institutional acts.
The EGI is a tool of direct democracy in the EU. Entered into force in April 2012, the initiative allows one million EU citizens, who are residents of at least seven countries of the community, to contact the Commission with any proposal. Collected more than 3.2 million signatures against TTIP is unprecedented for EGYPT.
Next, the 12 th round of talks on TTIP the EU and the U.S. will hold at the beginning of 2016. The parties intend to complete the negotiations during the presidency of Barack Obama.
TTIP will be the largest in the history of the trade agreement, which will bind approximately 60% of global economic output and will create a “corridor” of free trade from Hawaii to Lithuania. The partnership aims to reduce tariffs and eliminate regulatory barriers to business between EU countries and the USA, thus making requirements to the companies in the two economic spaces in relation to the universal.
Opponents of the agreement, calling it an “economic NATO”, believe that it reflects the interests of transnational companies fighting for less control and weaken the control measures in Europe. During the preparation of the contract to be signed by the EU member States were hundreds of protests.