Letter between EC and SKG on confidentiality of negotiation documents of the EU-Korea FTA

Transparency is crucial in legitimacy of bilateral trade agreement. The negotiation of the EU-Korea FTA, like other FTAs, was made in secrecy.

This letter shows the agreement between the EC and the South Korean government to keep the negotiation documents of the EU-Korea FTA for three years after its entry into force. Conversely, this means that the negotiation documents may be made public since 15 October 2012 (three years from 15 October 2009 when the FTA provisionally entered into effect). However, neither government made public the negotiation documents.