France threatens to walk away from TTIP negotiations

American Everyman

from Science Business net

France’s junior trade minister Matthias Fekl has threatened “outright termination” of his country’s involvement in the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, saying a “total lack of transparency” in TTIP talks poses a “democratic problem”.

In an interview with the French newspaper Sud-Ouest published on Monday, Fekl said he believes the negotiations favour American interests.

“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,” Fekl said.

Access to negotiation texts is not guaranteed even for politicians, Fekl added. “American members of parliament have access to a much higher number of documents than we do in Europe.”

If approved, TTIP would create the largest free-trade area in the world.

Facing pressure from the country’s powerful agricultural…

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