Posts Tagged ‘trade talk transparency’

  • 8 January 2015

    EU Ombudsman Seeks More Trade Talk Transparency

    The European Commission on Jan. 7 issued more documents concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the United States, a move welcomed by the European Ombudsman, who said even more should be disclosed. Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly issued an extensive report that includes numerous recommendations for the Commission, challenging the EC not to […]

  • 9 October 2014

    EU Discloses Document on Trade Talks With US

    The Council of the European Union Oct. 9 published its previously secret negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States. “Although the directives empowering the European Commission to talk to Washington on the EU’s behalf were classified, they have in fact been freely available online since June 2013,” explained an article […]

  • 18 July 2014

    EU-US trade deal: People Have the Right to Know

    By Natacha Cingotti This report was first published in Euractive. Cingotti is a transparency campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe. Environmental campaigners have questioned the legality of the EU-US trade talks’ secrecy after a European Court of Justice ruling offered “a glimmer of hope” to see the negotiating mandate made public. The recent ruling […]

  • 30 May 2014

    Groups Ask EC to Open Transatlantic Trade Talks

    About 250 groups on May 19 sent a letter to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht calling for more transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. “We are calling on you to open the negotiation process to the public, by releasing the negotiating mandate, documents submitted by the EU, and negotiating texts,” […]

  • 6 January 2014

    Transparency Urged in the T-TIP Negotiation Process

    By Celia Viggo Wexler Wexler is Senior Washington Representative for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. This is a presentation given Dec. 18, 2013, at a gathering in Washington of stakeholders and some negotiators concerning the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The Center for Science and Democracy […]

  • 30 December 2013

    Journalist Sues U.S. to Get Access to Trade Documents

    William New, editor of Intellectual Property Watch, has filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents related to the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The US Trade Representative has denied his March 2012 request, saying that the draft text of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP is exempt as “national security information.” […]

  • 22 November 2013

    Spotlight on Trade Talks After WikiLeaks Disclosure

    By Toby McIntosh The explosive WikiLeaks disclosure of a draft text from the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks has brought renewed attention to the secrecy of trade negotiations. Calls to open up trade negotiations have grown steadily in the past decade, boosted by a rising tide of transparency advocacy and the growing breadth and […]


In this column, Washington, D.C.-based journalist Toby J. McIntosh reports on the latest developments in information disclosure in International Financial and Trade Institutions (IFTI).
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