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Carthy calls on European Commission to implement Ombudsman’s opinion on TTIP Transparency

7 January, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking from Brussels today after European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly issued an opinion calling for greater public access to the negotiating texts in the ongoing Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) documents, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy has welcomed the opinion and is calling on the Commission to respond appropriately.

Carthy said:

“In July 2014, Emily O’Reilly opened her investigations into the transparency of the TTIP negotiations in response to the huge levels of concern by civil society regarding the lack of information provided on the negotiations.

“Her public consultation on the issue received a response of over 6,000 emails, which is demonstrative of the level of interest and concern on the matter.

“This morning the Ombudsman issued a report calling for the European Commission to implement a number of measures which would enhance the transparency of the TTIP negotiations and provide the public with the means to access key TTIP documents.

“The Ombudsman also clearly calls on the Commission to publish meeting agendas and records of meetings it holds with lobby groups and also submissions from stakeholders in relation to TTIP. This is in response to growing concerns that large business has effectively had a seat at the TTIP negotiating table to the detriment of the public.

“I warmly welcome today’s report, which exposes the lack of transparency and secrecy surrounding the TTIP negotiations and I commend Emily O’Reilly for her work into this matter.

“It is a damning indictment however of the approach of the European Commission to the TTIP negotiations to date and I now call on the Commission to implement the opinion of the Ombudsman without delay.”

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