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.
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    John Fenderson (profile), 14 Aug 2012 @ 9:25am

    The most important stakeholders

    The general public are the most important stakeholders when it comes to legislation that limits general freedom. Not IP holders, not media companies, not tech companies.

    The most important stakeholders are getting three hours of nothing.

    That says all that needs to be said about the TPP. It must be strenuously opposed on those grounds alone.

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