January 15, 2014
from WikiLeaks Website
The TPP transnational legal regime would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of global GDP and one-third of world trade.
The Environment Chapter has long been
sought by journalists and environmental groups. The released text dates from
the Chief Negotiators' summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November
The draft Consolidated Text was prepared by the
Chairs of the Environment Working Group, at the request of TPP Ministers at
the Brunei round of the negotiations.
With the exception of fisheries, trade in
'environmental' goods and the disputed inclusion of other multilateral
agreements, the Chapter appears to function as a public relations exercise.
The Chairs' Report of the Environment Working Group also shows that there are still significant areas of contention in the Working Group.
The report claims that the draft Consolidated
Text displays much compromise between the Parties already, but more is
needed to reach a final text. The main areas of contention listed include
the role of this agreement with respect to multilateral environmental
agreements and the dispute resolution process.
They were requested by the Ministers of the TPP after the August 2013 Brunei round. The Consolidated Text was designed to be a "landing zone" document to further the negotiations quickly and displays what the Chairs say is a good representation of all Parties' positions at the time.
The WikiLeaks Consolidated Text and corresponding Chairs' Report show that there remains a lot of controversy and disagreement within the Working Group.
Instead, the accompanying Chairs' Report
provides commentary on the draft Consolidated Text and is the equivalent of
bracketed disagreements for the countries that have not agreed on certain
Articles, and provides their positions.
This is the third in the series of Secret
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) leaks published by WikiLeaks.
Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Series so far: