Next TPP Negotiation Session Has Only 3 Hours Allotted For Negotiators To Talk To Public Interest Advocates

from the no-time-for-the-public dept

The USTR's handling of public interest access to TPP negotiators has bounced around over the last few negotiating sessions, with many suggesting that last months' meetings in San Diego were actually handled somewhat decently. However, with the upcoming negotiating round in Virginia, apparently there's no more time to be talking to anyone representing the public interest. The oddly named "Direct Stakeholder Engagement" period is from 11am to 2pm on Sunday, September 9th and that's it. So not only have they reduced the length from previous sessions, but they put it at the same time as lunch. So if these groups actually want to talk to negotiators, they might want to serve some food... Either way, it really feels like the whole "stakeholders" sessions are just the USTR's way of saying "see? we're letting people in!" But, of course, that's completely different from real transparency.

Filed Under: civil society, public interest, tpp, ustr


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Aug 2012 @ 2:01am

    Re: Ratification Is Required

    It is mostly information, but ACTA is not even close to dead. It is in a coma after what happened in EU, but in reality it is not even close to dead. Next year will see an opening of ACTA for new signatories and I expect some to enter the poker-game. EU will have a new vote on ACTA later and that will be the one able to determine ACTA in EU. If ACTA craters in EU after the second vote, expect USA to try and get the ball rolling on its own.
    That is the "great" thing about it: As soon as you have signed, the thread of ratification will forever hang in the air...

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