Greenpeace Netherlands has released 205 pages of previously undisclosed chapters from secret talks for an EU-Japan trade agreement (known as JEFTA). Greater public access to JEFTA negotiating documents is good for democracy and will enable more balanced and transparent public participation by experts, politicians, civil society and the media. The European Commission has itself frequently highlighted the importance of democratic principles and transparency.
JEFTA negotiations were officially launched on 25 March 2013 and the EU Commission expects to conclude them in 2017. The leaked documents are dated between January 2016 and January 2017. The original trade mandate from July 2012 has also been published online. The original documents have been retyped to protect our sources.
Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labour rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: JEFTA is once again about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.
You can download all the documents below, as a whole and per chapter. For more background info on the content of these documents and JEFTA in general, please check here (pdf).