This would open up the redemption remuneration systems to commercial challenges, including those used by Germany. Green MEP Claude Turmes said: „These proposals are totally unacceptable. They would sabotage the ability of EU lawmakers to prioritise renewable energy and energy efficiency over unsustainable fossil fuels. It is an attempt to undermine democracy in Europe.  What is even more alarming is that the EU wants to resume negotiations on „regulatory cooperation,“ which would mean that issues such as food standards and safety rules could be largely defined behind closed doors by big business and trade experts. The agenda of „regulatory cooperation“ would continue with formal trade negotiations on so-called „conformity assessments“ and a series of informal dialogues outside the democratic control of the European Parliament. According to a document leaked by the European Commission in October 2018, these discussions could cover many areas ranging from medicines to EU food safety rules (including controversial GMO foods and hormone-treated beef). The main obstacle is the protected status of agricultural enterprises in each country. They receive public subsidies. It is unlikely that either of the two trading partners will reduce the amount of public aid. This would further increase food prices. While publishing a list of lobbying meetings on future trade talks in response to a request for information from the Corporate Europe Observatory, the Commission categorically refused to access some of its correspondence with lobbyists (on the grounds that it would be too much work).
The remaining 55 documents – including reports of meetings with major groups and lobby groups such as BusinessEurope and the American Chamber of Commerce – have yet to be released, although the request for information was sent out nearly three months ago, followed by several reminders and priority proposals. . . .