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Dolores Utrilla
20th February 2020
External Relations & Trade Institutional law

New transparency package for trade policy

Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan has announced a new set of European Commission commitments to strengthen transparency in the field of trade policy, an area where relevant transparency measures have been taken over the last years. In this regard, it must be recalled that the Commission systematically publishes information at all stages of trade negotiations. It also reaches out to stakeholders to receive concrete substantive input to achieve an evidence-based EU trade policy at all stages.

The new package of transparency measures came into effect as of yesterday. The package includes measures such as the systematic report on the work of all committees established under EU trade agreements. It also involves the publication of the Commission’s decision authorising Member States to conduct bilateral investment negotiations, of non-business sensitive summary records from the meetings of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee, and of Commission recommendations for negotiating directives for any kind of trade agreement.

Commissioner Hogan also confirmed that the Commission’s initiative to publish documents released under the Access to documents’ Regulation will equally apply to trade-related documents.

For more information, read the Commission’s press release.


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