ACTA Negotiators Still Claiming Secrecy Is Needed; Turn Off WiFi At Briefing
from the it's-not-war dept
So why would EU's head negotiator, Luc Devigne, want the WiFi turned off in a meeting about an agreement that can impact everyone and should be debated in public? Apparently, he claimed "without secrecy, no trade agreement can be successful." Huh? This must be from the secret negotiators handbook, because it makes no sense, and there's absolutely no support for such a statement. And, he's being willfully misleading in pretending that this is a trade agreement. It's not. And if you want to know how an agreement will be unsuccessful? It's by keeping out those stakeholders who such an agreement will most impact.
Separately Devigne insisted that Mexico will sign the document, despite the unanimous vote against the ACTA process.
Finally, he claimed that "ACTA text is finalized but not stabilized." What does that even mean? It means it's not finalized and negotiators are trying to sugarcoat the fact that there are still substantial differences between participating countries.