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Trade treaty negotiations can remain secret, EU court rules

Loek Essers | June 8, 2015
The European Union's top court has ruled that documents containing details of trade negotiations can remain secret, a decision that comes as a blow to those seeking more transparency in the negotiation of the treaties that are increasingly affecting e-commerce, online privacy, Internet copyright and other uses of IT.

Thursday's CJEU ruling risks deepening the secrecy shrouding EU trade policy, as the court confirmed that the Commission did not violate EU access to documents rules, campaign group CEO said, adding that it is particularly baffling that this ruling comes during growing public pressure against the current direction of trade policy.

The group though said it would continue to put pressure on the Commission with other groups. Main focus at the moment are the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade talks between the EU and the U.S. Those negotiations are heavily criticized because of plans to introduce a so-called investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS), that would allow companies to sue a country for compensation if that country seizes an investment made by the company in that country.

 

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