On Sunday, Greenpeace said it obtained 248 pages of classified TTIP documents representing around two-thirds of the draft free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.
"I cannot comment on issues of the authenticity, origin and the contents of these documents. We do not have such information and I cannot comment on this," a ministry representative told reporters.
The documents expose the leading role of corporate interests in the proposed deal, as well as policies posing a threat to the environment and public health, according to Greenpeace. The text allegedly ignores environmental protection regulations and has no mention of the Paris deal on reducing global emissions.
The TTIP deal has drawn severe criticism for the lack of transparency in the negotiations as well as for the tremendous power it would potentially give to international corporations.
Moreover, the TTIP has also been slammed for bypassing the framework of the World Trade Organization and excluding the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.