EU-US trade deal negotiating texts leaked to Greenpeace

Environmental activists say effects of Washington's demands would be 'devastating'.

By Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is Managing Editor of The Parliament Magazine

02 May 2016

Greenpeace will today release leaked documents which it says proves that US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiators are trying to undermine EU health and environmental protection laws.

Greenpeace EU director Jorgo Riss said, "These leaked documents confirm what we have been saying for a long time: TTIP would put corporations at the centre of policymaking, to the detriment of environment and public health."

Riss added, "We have known that the EU position was bad, now we see the US position is even worse. A compromise between the two would be unacceptable."


Several news outlets including the Guardian newspaper were given the documents ahead of today's unveiling, with the British daily arguing that the texts suggest that the TTIP talks "face a serious impasse with 'irreconcilable' differences in some areas".

However, so far there is little indication that any of the US demands, which primarily focus on giving corporations more access and participation in EU decision-making, have in any way been accepted by EU negotiators.

The environmental NGO added that the 248 leaked pages represent "more than two-thirds of the overall TTIP text and covers 13 separate negotiating chapters.

The leak follows recent comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called for the long-running negotiations to be speeded up.

Greenpeace will hold a media briefing today at 2.30 in Brussels, to answer questions on the leaked documents.

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