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France Threatens “Outright Termination” of TTIP Corporate Trade Negotiations

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Maybe the fight over this awful, middle-class-devastating treaty isn’t over after all. Obama was able to bambooozale the U.S. Congress but several other nations are resisting for different reasons. France seems to be a big obstacle at the moment.

By Cassius Methyl

In a recent development with multinational trade agreements, France threatened to walk out [1] on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations this week. France is frustrated with the United States’ unwillingness to budge on issues, most notably the issue of secrecy within negotiations.

France’s junior trade minister, Matthias Fekl, is threatening “outright termination” of France’s involvement in the partnership, saying “total lack of transparency” in negotiations constitutes a “democratic problem.”

In an interview on Monday with French newspaper Sud-Ouest [2], Matthias Fekl said,

Europe has offered many compromises, in all areas, and has received no serious offers from the Americans in return. Neither for access to their public markets, nor for access to their agricultural and food markets, which remain closed.

According to Fekl, the United States must modify their position or face consequences. One of their main concerns is that the deal is highly secretive. According to Fekl, U.S. officials have access to more information than European officials and there is a serious lapse in communications.

He continued, American members of parliament have access to a much higher number of documents than we do in Europe.

“If nothing changes, that will show that there is no willingness to ensure a mutually beneficial negotiation process,” said Fekl. “France is examining all its options, including abandoning the negotiations all together.”

The TTIP is a trade agreement that makes leaps in enforcing the same laws across the board in several countries.

This is a secretive agreement made for corporate power at the expense of whatever stands in their way — an agreement protested by citizens — similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP).

Details of the TTP and TTIP are not only hidden from the public, but are even hidden from government officials involved in the deals. Talks for the TTIP began around 2013.

As described by Science & Business [1],

The grand aim of TTIP is to create greater regulatory harmonisation between the two blocs in areas such as car and drug safety testing, which would result in reduced costs for manufacturers.    (my emphasis) 

By Cassius Methyl for Anti Media.org and Activist Post

By permission Anti Media.org and Activist Post

http://theantimedia.org [3] and www.activistpost.com [4]

http://theantimedia.org/france-threatens-outright-termination-of-ttip-corporate-trade-negotiations/ [5]     and http://www.activistpost.com/2015/10/france-threatens-outright-termination-of-ttip-corporate-trade-negotiations.html [6]

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