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Greenpeace (Holland) releases 'secret' TTIP documents printable version
04 May 2016: posted by the editor - International
By greenpeace - Greenpeace Netherlands
Amsterdam, 2 May 2016
Greenpeace Netherlands has releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations on www.ttip-leaks.org where they will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.
Greenpeace say the documents make clear the scale and scope of the trade citizens of the United States and the European Union are being asked to make in pursuit of corporate profits. It is time for the negotiations to stop, and the debate to begin.
The documents that Greenpeace Netherlands has released comprise about half of the draft text as of April 2016, prior to the start of the 13th round of TTIP negotiations between the EU and the US (New York, 25-29 April 2016). Greenpeace say that as far as they know the final document will consist of 25 to 30 chapters and many extensive annexes. The EU Commission published an overview stating that they have now 17 consolidated texts. This means the documents released by Greenpeace Netherlands encompass 3/4 of the existing consolidated texts.
Consolidated texts are those where the EU and US positions on issues are shown side by side. This step in the negotiation process allows us to see the areas where the EU and US are close to agreement, and where compromises and concessions would still need to be made. Of the documents released by Greenpeace Netherlands, in total 248 pages, 13 chapters offer for the first time the position of the US.
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