Message to Mandelson and Finnish Presidency:
Stop privileged access of services industry lobbyists

29 November 2006 -- Today, Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch sent letters to EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and the Finnish Presidency, urging them to cancel participation of EU trade officials and Member State trade experts in a closed meeting annex cocktail party organised by the European Services Forum on Monday 4 December 2006 (17:00-20:00) at the UNICE building, Av. Cortenbergh 118 Brussels.

Services industry lobbyists are scheduled to brief EU trade experts on their recent lobbying missions to Malaysia and Indonesia, while the EC representatives are to report on the current on-going bilateral and regional negotiations (GCC, Euromed, EPAs, etc.). Discussion on how to resume the stalled DDA negotiations, on the new EU Trade Policy Strategy and on the importance of services in the forthcoming bilateral negotiations are also on the agenda.

After that, the cocktails will be brought in...

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