EU-US Secret Agreement Being Negotiated

D OC donaloc at peterquinn.com
Thu Sep 5 04:04:59 MDT 2002


Statewatch press release, 3 September 2002

EU-US SECRET AGREEMENT BEING NEGOTIATED

- secret agreement on criminal matters, investigative procedures and joint
teams being negotiated without the the European or national parliaments
being consulted

- Statewatch refused access to full-text of document because: "the interest
of protecting the Council's objectives outweighs the interest in
"democratic control".. which is referred to by the applicant"

Statewatch has obtained a copy of the secret negotiating agenda for an
agreement (treaty) between the EU and the US on judicial cooperation in
criminal matters which would have major implications for peoples' rights
and liberties. It covers the death penalty, extradition, the creation of
joint investigative teams and a "common approach to searches, seizures,
interception of telecommunications."

The draft agreement is going to be discussed in depth for the first time at
the Informal Meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Copenhagen
on 13 September - John Ashcroft, US Attorney General, will take part in
these discussions.

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments:

"It is quite unacceptable in a democracy that an agreement should be
negotiated with a non-EU state in secret, without the European and national
parliaments or civil society having any say whatsoever.

This is a primary example of fundamental rights and protections built up in
the EU over decades being put up for negotiation by EU governments to meet
US demands in the so-called "war on terrorism".

The full story and documentation is on:

http://www.statewatch.org/marnews/2002/jul/11Auseu.htm


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