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Plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement

  • Date: 25/04/2013, 15.00 - 17.30 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-0C, 36 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 22/04/2013 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 25/04/2013, 15.00 - 17.30 (registration closed)
  • Location: Centre Albert Borschette, room AB-0C, 36 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 22/04/2013 12:00

The European Commission asked the Council on 15th February 2013 to give its green light for negotiations on a new plurilateral agreement on trade in services. These negotiations would cover all services sectors as covered in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), including inter alia information and communication technology (ICT) services, logistics and transport, financial services and services for businesses. But the EU, like the other participants, is looking for the negotiations to go beyond simply further opening up markets for services.

The aim is also to develop new rules on trade in services, such as those applying to government procurement of services, domestic regulation (e.g. licensing procedures) or access to communication networks. The hope is that, eventually, the agreement will be multilateralised and integrated into the WTO system.

The purpose of this meeting is to update and exchange views with civil society stakeholders on this issue.

Lead Participants

Mr Ignacio Iruarrizaga-Díez, DG Trade, Head of Unit Trade in Services, Directorate-General for Trade
Dr Fabien Gehl, Trade negotiator, Trade in Services, Directorate-General for Trade
Dr Sylvia Baule, Trade negotiator, Trade in Services, Directorate-General for Trade

Moderator

Ms Montserrat Gago, Coordinator relations with civil society, Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit, Directorate-General for Trade

Agenda

1) State-of-play of the discussions
2) Next steps
3) Coffee break
4) Discussion

Related documents
Press release "European Commission proposes to open plurilateral trade negotiations on services"
Memo "Negotiations for a Plurilateral Agreement on Trade in services"

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • ARD-Verbindungsbüro Brüssel
  • ARD-Verbindungsbüro Brüssel
  • Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
  • Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • EBU-UER
  • EuroCommerce
  • European Branded Clothing Alliance
  • European Citizen Action Service
  • European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • European Federation of Public Service Unions
  • EUROPEAN SERVICES FORUM
  • European Services Strategy Unit
  • European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • ICMP, the global voice of music publishing
  • IFPI Representing recording industry worldwide
  • International Trade Union Confederation
  • Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord-Zuidbeweging - 11.11.11
  • The Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V.