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In the general case, shining a light on existing lobbying processes will not be to the advantage of corporates. Here is an example :

EU sells out precautionary principle for endocrine disruptors

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission told the US and Canada that draft EU pesticides laws would "address the concerns" they had over possible trade restrictions on goods exposed to endocrine disruptors.

Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis met with ambassadors from the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay on 13 July this year, a month after the executive published new criteria for the potentially harmful disruptors.

The EU has recently finalised CETA, its free trade agreement with Canada. It is negotiating a similar deal with the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The EU is trying to secure another deal with the Mercosur trading bloc, which includes Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

EurActiv.com has obtained Commission minutes of the meeting, which would have remained secret had it not been for a freedom of information application.

The major problem is getting people (other than economic interests) to use the information made available by greater transparency.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Dec 12th, 2016 at 11:41:21 PM EST
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