Trade policy – Transparency – Meetings between Mr. Matthias Fekl and the Strategic Follow-up Committee (October 28 to 30, 2014)

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will have several working meetings this week with the Strategic Follow-up Committee focusing on trade policy issues.

This committee provides an opportunity to discuss the main issues currently at stake with respect to trade policy: non-tariff barriers, access to government contracts and reciprocity, geographical indications, preservation of collective preferences, and dispute settlement mechanisms. On the initiative of Mr. Fekl, it will now be composed of two subcommittees in order to better respond to the democratic requirement for transparency in trade negotiations: the first will be composed of representatives from civil society, NGOs, unions and professional associations and the second will be made up of parliamentarians.

Mr. Fekl will regularly report to the national representatives on the status of the trade negotiations. He will be heard by the National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and European Affairs today.