On January 14, the European Commission published its report on the results of the consultations on mechanisms for resolving disputes between investors and states.
France takes note of the publication of this report. It commends the organization and conduct of these democratic consultations. It reaffirms its attachment to transparency in trade negotiations.
Since the results of this consultation process have now been made public, we should now enter a new stage of reflection and action. In accordance with its consistent positions on this issue, France will not accept any arbitration mechanism that could be used to call into question the political choices that have been democratically adopted or jeopardize our public finances.
In this context, Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will visit Berlin on January 21 in order to meet Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The goal of these meetings will be to exchange views on a coordinated strategy concerning the main trade policy issues, notably with respect to the mechanisms for resolving disputes between investors and states, and to strengthen coordination on the basis of a common work program. This approach is to be shared and discussed at the European level.
Following the investiture of the new European Commission, France wishes more than ever to continue and build on the work focusing on the main European and international trade policy issues.