So Much For Transparency

Euractiv.com reports that the USTO officials responsible for negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) are blocking the EU delegation from publishing the draft agreement online completed after the August round.

I can only imagine, based on my experience with DFAT that the Australian delegation has not been pursuing transparency as a key issue within the negotiations. The debriefings by the EC to the EU remain confidential and secret, and are the reason Engström removed himself from those debriefings — it is disgracefully undemocratic for such laws and agreements to be crafted under such a veil of secrecy, and in the face of such public protest and calls for disclosure.

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