[CorporateEurope] Busting the myths of transparency around the EU-US trade deal

On 7 October, the second round of negotiations for a far-reaching transatlantic trade deal will begin in Brussels. Amidst calls for greater openness and public participation, the European Commission has gone into propaganda mode, promoting myths about the transparency and accountability of the talks. [...]

  • Myth #1: The EU is very open to a broad range of views when preparing for trade negotiations
  • Myth #2: The Commission provides the most comprehensive information possible
  • Myth #3: You need a certain amount of secrecy to successfully conclude trade negotiations
  • Myth #4: Negotiations are guided by independent impact studies
  • Myth #5: The Commission negotiates on behalf of the whole EU

[...] For a more democratic vision for European trade policy, take a look at the Alternative Trade Mandate Alliance, an alliance of currently almost 50 civil society groups (including Corporate Europe Observatory). [...]

The proposed EU-US trade agreement hands over more power to corporations and further undermines our democracy. Busting the myths surrounding it and revealing the truth about this secretive deal is an important step in people taking back control over the democratic process. How long will the public stand being fobbed off by the Commission’s propaganda?

http://corporateeurope.org/trade/2013/09/busting-myths-transparency-arou...