Transatlantic trade partnership
Paris, October 9, 2014
The Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Matthias Fekl, welcomes the agreement reached between European Union member states with a view to declassifying the negotiating mandate of the Transatlantic [Trade and Investment] Partnership. This is a fundamental democratic objective to which France is very committed. It was the subject of the Minister of State’s first official letter following his appointment to work with Laurent Fabius, addressed to Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. This result builds on the efforts the government has made to this end since May 2012.
Matthias Fekl is delighted with this European decision to make public the negotiating mandate with which the Commission was entrusted in 2013: “For my part, I shall resolutely continue this effort of talking to and informing people about the negotiation. The transparency of trade negotiations is a vital objective of democracy. The questions raised by negotiations on this scale must be addressed. I shall transmit this message at the forthcoming informal meeting of trade ministers in Rome on 15 October. At the end of October, I shall convene the strategic monitoring committee – which I have decided to broaden to include not only members of Parliament but also NGOs, unions and professional federations – to discuss the trade negotiations under way.”./.