ECJ judgement granting the Commission new powers over confidentiality of trade documents is simply facilitating shady back room deals between unelected bureaucrats and transnational corporate fat cats- UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP
•The European Court of Justice yesterday (04/06/2015) ruled in favour of the Commission's right to protect the confidentiality of trade documents, including important documents on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) such as offers by the EU on tariffs, services, investment and procurement .
UKIP MEP and Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall said, "The Commission last November promised to make all of the negotiating texts publicly available, for them to go back on this promise so quickly stinks of dishonesty. It is clear the last thing that the Commission want is this information to be made public as TTIP simply isn't in our national interest.
"UKIP was the only major UK party to oppose TTIP in a Committee vote on Wednesday and this move simply justifies that decision further.
"This judgement is simply facilitating shady back room deals between unelected bureaucrats and transnational corporate fat cats. I call upon the Commission to stay true to their word and make all of the documents available publicly. This level of deceit and dishonestly simply won't be tolerated by the British people and quite frankly they deserve better." Related: MEP support falters for trade deal (Politico) EU court backs commission on trade secrecy (EUObserver)