Not Very Transparent: EU ACTA Negotiators Present To EU Parliament In Secret
from the where's-the-latest-draft dept
The EU Parliament made it quite clear back in March that it was not happy with what EU negotiators were pushing for within ACTA, and also not happy about the serious lack of transparency in the process. In response, ACTA negotiators finally released the text, but hinted that this was a one time deal, and now we’re back to secrecy. Indeed, after the latest negotiations, no new text was released. Hell, it wasn’t even mentioned.
Now, even more disappointing are reports that the EU negotiators have gone to discuss the matter with the EU Parliament, but would only do so in secret, forbidding those in attendance from telling anyone what was discussed. In other words, for all the talk of openness and transparency, it appears it was all a bluff. They showed one (incomplete) draft, and went right back to secrecy. It’s as if they thought that people asking for transparency could be fooled by a quick glimpse.
It turns out that there were actually two separate meetings held for MEPs, with the first one being secret, and the second one being open. Some of what happened in that second meeting is now being reported in the press, with the EU negotiators insisting they won’t fall for “US hypocrisy,” within ACTA (whatever that means) — but refusing calls by MEPs to make the draft public again. It’s still not at all clear what was said in the first meeting.