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Parliamentary questions
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30 April 2018
Question for written answer E-002401-18
to the Council
Rule 130
Sorin Moisă (PPE)

 Subject:  Systematic publication of mandates for trade negotiations
 Answer in writing 

On 20 March 2018 the Council adopted the mandate authorising the Commission to negotiate a convention establishing a multilateral court for the settlement of investment disputes. The Council decided to make the text public immediately, responding timely and adequately, for the first time, to recurrent requests for full transparency on mandates for trade negotiations. Such requests have been repeatedly formulated not only by civil society, but also by the European Parliament and even by the Commission.

1. Does the Council intend to follow the same practice in the future and publish systematically all mandates for trade negotiations immediately after their adoption or, on the contrary, will it continue to assess the situation on a so-called ‘case-by-case basis’?

2. If the latter, what are the criteria that the Council uses for such ‘case-by-case’ assessments?

3. Can Parliament expect that the mandates for the free trade agreement negotiations with Australia and New Zeeland, when adopted by the Council, will be immediately made public?

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