According to the European Commission (EC), the group has no identifiable members. The EC has also stated that “several departments” contributed to the discussion and the reports of the (memberless) group, but added that “there is no document containing the list of authors of the reports.”
A request by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) to disclose membership/report authors was met with the response: “Unfortunately we (the EC) are not in a position to provide you with the information requested.”
While still waiting for more information on what seems to be hundreds of documents related to big business lobbying around the EU-US trade deal, CEO fared better with an access to information request to the United States Trade Representative.
Based on the information provided, CEO discovered that the authoritative-sounding ‘high level working groups on growth and jobs’ was nothing but a bunch of unelected and unaccountable, notorious pro-free-trade bureaucrats from both sides of the Atlantic.
Of course, even without access to various sources of information, we already know who supports the negotiations.the pharmaceutical industry, and
on an EU-US economic and trade partnershipin early 2012. Its suggestions were widely included in the draft EU mandate.
An increasing number of politicians and citizens groups are demanding that the looming EU-US negotiations be conducted in an open way, not least because tOne of the key aspects of the negotiations is that both the EU and US should recognize their respective rules and regulations, which in practice could reduce regulation to the lowest common denominator. The official language talks of “mutual recognition” of standards or so-called reduction of non-tariff barriers. For the EU, that could mean accepting US standards in many areas, including food and agriculture, which are lower than the EU’s.
mbitious liberalisation of agricultural trade barriers with as few exceptions as possible”. Similarly, food lobby group has welcomed the negotiations, with one of their key demands being the facilitation of the low level presence of unapproved genetically modified crops. This is a long-standing industry agenda also supported by feed and grain trading giants, including Cargill, Bunge, ADM, and the big farmers’ lobby COPA-COGECA.. Meanwhile, the biotech industry on both sides of the
is offer “
As with the EU-India Free Trade Agreement*, it is easy to conclude that there is a deliberate ploy to bar the public from any kind of meaningful information about or input into the world’s biggest trade deal ever to be negotiated. Europeans could well end up becoming the victims of one of the biggest corporate stitch ups ever. The
wonder that many millions throughout
Europe now regard the EU as an unaccountable proxy allowing huge private interests free reign to dig their profiteering snouts into the trough of corporate greed at the expense of ordinary people.
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Main information source for this article: http://corporateeurope.org/
blog/who-scripting-eu-us- trade-deal (Trade and Agribusiness website sections)
To prevent GM crops in
Europe, visit ‘stop the crop’ campaign at:http://www.stopthecrop.org/ about-stop-crop-campaign