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06.05.2016

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The media “celebrated” the World Press Freedom Day with another resounding disclosure of confidential documents. The documents revealed were the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ) documents used in negotiations between the USA and EU, which have, in Europe at least, been inducing allegations of non-transparency constantly and more than any other agreement.

The agreement, which is supposed to strengthen significantly the economic cooperation between the USA and EU, plans to eliminate trade barriers (such as tariffs, unnecessary regulations, restrictions on investments etc.) in various economic sectors and, in that way, facilitate the trade of goods and services between the EU and USA.

The opinion of our state has been formed in cooperation with other ministries and the interested public on the basis of official negotiation documents, which is why it will, for now, remain unchanged. In the context of negotiations, Slovenia has so far expressed several reservations concerning the fields of investments, regulatory cooperation, sanitary and phytosanitary requirements, and agriculture.

Furthermore, Slovenia opposes any possible lowering of standards. It advocates the protection of sensitive agricultural products and the possibility of using the precautionary principle. Furthermore, Slovenia would like to maintain a high level of consumer protection and at least the current level of EU standards, especially when it comes to genetically modified organisms, the sale of products made from cloned animals, as well as ban in the use of growth-promoting hormones in cattle and ban in the disinfection of meat by using chlorine products and residues from pesticide, antibiotics and other contaminants (MRL – maximum residue level).

As an EU member, Slovenia supports the talks and efforts for entering the TTIP agreement as there are still untapped possibilities to further strengthen the economic cooperation between Slovenia and the USA.


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