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Parliamentary questions
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26 September 2013
Question for written answer E-011014-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Jean-Luc Mélenchon (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Secret negotiations on the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TFTA)
 Answer in writing 

Records are being kept of the TFTA agreement negotiations, which have been embarked on by the Commission in the utmost secrecy. Those records are equally secret. Indeed, only MEPs on the Committee on International Trade may see those records — at meetings held in camera with no agenda, in English only, and with no interpretation into the EU's official languages or even into the Commission's other working languages (French and German).

Why is the Commission submitting to the demands of the United States' Government for ‘confidentiality’ — a government which, I might add, is spying on us?

Is the Commission waiting for the agreement to be signed before informing the public's representatives what is in it?

Why are the secret records being drawn up only in the language of the United States? Is English soon to become the EU's sole language?

Original language of question: FROJ C 216, 09/07/2014
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