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Update on TiSA talks

  • Date: 15/09/2015, 10:00 – 12:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Lord Jenkins room, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 10/09/2015 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 15/09/2015, 10:00 – 12:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Lord Jenkins room, Charlemagne Building, Rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 10/09/2015 12:00

The purpose of the meeting is to brief civil society organisations on the status of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) talks following the 13th round of negotiations and to exchange views on the topic.

TiSA aims at opening up markets and improving rules in areas such as licensing, financial services, telecoms, e-commerce, maritime transport, and professionals moving abroad temporarily to provide services.

The TiSA is a trade agreement currently being negotiated by 25 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the EU. Together, these countries account for 70% of world trade in services.

TiSA is based on the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which involves all WTO members. The key provisions of the GATS – scope, definitions, market access, national treatment and exemptions – are also found in TiSA.

Lead Participants

Mr Ignacio Iruarrizaga Díez, Head of Unit, Trade in Services, Directorate-General for Trade

Ms Nabi Siefken, Trade in Services Unit, Directorate-General for Trade


Mr Lutz Guellner, Head of the Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade


1. Update on the TiSA negotiations.

2. Open discussion with stakeholders.

Related documents

DG Trade webpages on TiSA
– including negotiation documents proposed by the EU, as well as other supporting documents

Due to increased security measures implemented by the European Commission from 1 June 2015, participants will receive in the confirmation email a link to a form in which they will be requested to introduce their ID number together with its validity date, their nationality and date of birth. Those participants who have not provided this information 48 hours before the meeting takes place will NOT be able to access the venue. No late registrations will be accepted.

We would be grateful if participants could arrive 15/20 minutes in advance. A reception desk will be set up at the entrance of the Charlemagne building, where you will receive a badge and gain access to the meeting room. Please bring the confirmation email received when registering for the meeting and an ID card.

About travel expense.

Related documents

Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Ms Kristina Aaltonen, Danish Unions of Teachers
  • Mr Timothy Adamson, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Ms Chiara Aprea, Union européenne de l'Artisanat et des petites et moyennes entreprises, aisbl
  • Ms Léa Auffret, Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • Mrs Brigitta Bartsch, Bundesarchitektenkammer e.V.
  • Mr Christian Borggreen, Computer & Communications Industry Association
  • Mr Dominic Boucsein, EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Ms Claire Broussaudier, Association of European Public Postal Operators
  • Ms Margot Bucaille, EUROCHAMBRES – Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Ms Segolene Bunel, Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques
  • Ms Isabelle Buscke, Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband
  • Ms Tanja Buzek, Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft
  • Ms Valentina Caimi, Platform of European Social NGOs
  • Mr Michel Cermak, Centre National de Coopération au Développement- 11 11 11
  • Mr Kieran Chandler, European Public Health Alliance
  • Ms Christina Christopoulou, BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e. V.
  • Mr Jesus Cisneros, Insurance Europe
  • Ms Penny Clarke, European Federation of Public Service Unions
  • Ms Diana Cocoru, OFE Limited
  • Ms Guenaëlle Collet, EBU-UER
  • Ms Audrey Duquenne, Fédération des Entreprises Publiques Locales
  • Ms Aline Fares, Finance Watch
  • Ms Maryant Fernández, European Digital Rights
  • Ms Maika Foehrenbach, CEEP - European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services and Services of General Interest
  • Ms Verena Füller, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Dr Michael Gaebel, European University Association
  • Mr Andreas Galanakis, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Mr Samir Gurung, Pearle*-Live Performance Europe (Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe)
  • Mr Renaat Hanssens, Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Ms Ania Helseth, The EMEA Satellite Operators' Assocation
  • Mrs Isabella Heuninckx, BIPAR - European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries
  • Ms Louise Hoj Larsen , European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • Mr Julien Juret, Délégation des Barreaux de France
  • Ms Linda Kaucher, European Services Strategy Unit
  • Mr Benjamin Krieger, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Mr Paul Laffin, British Medical Association
  • Ms Liene Laimina, European Sealing Association
  • Ms Silke Lalvani, Pearle*-Live Performance Europe (Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe)
  • Mr Filip Julius Lassahn, Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung
  • Mr Marc Lauridsen, Danish Shipping
  • Ms Andrea Lode, Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V.
  • Ms Aylin Lusi, European Express Association
  • Mr Marc Maes, Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord-Zuidbeweging - 11.11.11
  • Mr Aldo Marino, Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Ms Lieselot Marinus, European Community Shipowner's Associations
  • Mr. Frederico Martins, Direct Selling Europe
  • Mr Zoltán Massay-Kosubek, European Public Health Alliance
  • Ms Estelle Masse, Access Now
  • Ms Lea Meister, European Students' Union
  • Ms Diane Mievis, DIGITALEUROPE
  • Ms Dearbhal Murphy, International Federation of Actors
  • Ms Sara Nanino, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr Mark Neal, European Sealing Association
  • Ms. Titilayo Obiri, European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • Mr Harald Past, EuroCommerce
  • Mr Harald Past, EuroCommerce
  • Mr. Carlo Pirrone, Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Ms Giulia Porino, Finance Watch
  • Mr Max Rammerstorfer, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Ms Emily Rees, Apex-Brasil Brussels-Europe
  • Mr Rudolf Reibel, Bundesärztekammer
  • Mr Martin Sacleux, Délégation des Barreaux de France
  • Mr Shane Sargeant, Association des Banques et Banquiers, Luxembourg
  • Mr Adriaan Scheiris, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Ms Eva Maria Schneider, SOLIDAR
  • Mr Stephan Schwerdtfeger, Deutscher Caritasverband e. V.
  • Ms. Ilaria Sticchi, Federazione Nazionale Imprese Elettrotecniche ed Elettroniche
  • Mr David Sørensen, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Mr Yu Takita, Insurance Europe
  • Mr Jonathan Tetas, Le Cercle de l'Industrie
  • Ms Marie Timmermann, ABDA-Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Apothekerverbände
  • Ms Cecile Toubeau, Transport and Environment (European Federation for Transport and Environment)
  • Ms Kristina Wittkopp, Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e.V.
  • Ms Karla Wixe, Brussels Office of the Swedish Trade Unions
  • Ms Katinka Clausdatter Worsøe, The Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms Ilka Wölfle, European Social Insurance Platform AISBL