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Update on TiSA talks

  • Date: 11/12/2015, 10:00 - 12:00 (Registration closed)
  • Location: Centre Albert Borschette, room 2D, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 08/12/2015 12:00

Meeting details

  • Date: 11/12/2015, 10:00 - 12:00 (registration closed)
  • Location: Centre Albert Borschette, room 2D, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
  • Registration closes on : 08/12/2015 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 15th 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 23 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 Robin Ratchford, Head of Sector - Media Team, Communication and Civil Society, 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. Please bring with you the confirmation email received when you registered for the meeting and an ID card as they will be requested by the security staff at the entrance of the Borschette Centre. A reception desk will be set up at the entrance of the meeting room, where you will receive an identification badge.

About travel expense.

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Organisations that have registered to participate in this meeting.

  • Ms Milla Anttila, Maa- ja metsätaloustuottajain Keskusliitto – Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners
  • Ms Léa Auffret, Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs
  • Mr Lukas Becker, Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V.
  • Mr Lotfi BEN AMAR HLIMI , Maison du Peuple d'Europe
  • 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
  • Mr Jürgen Burggraf, ARD-Verbindungsbüro Brüssel
  • Ms Tanja Buzek, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Mr Michel Cermak, Centre National de Coopération au Développement- 11 11 11
  • Mr Jesus Cisneros, Insurance Europe
  • Ms Penny Clarke, European Federation of Public Service Unions
  • Ms Guenaëlle Collet, EBU-UER
  • Mr Jean-Philippe Cornelis, Maison du Peuple d'Europe
  • Ms Maika Foehrenbach, CEEP - European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services and Services of General Interest
  • Mrs Laila Ghozzi, Maison du Peuple d'Europe
  • Mr Renaat Hanssens, Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • Mrs Isabella Heuninckx, BIPAR - European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries
  • Ms Maureen Hick, GMB trade union
  • Ms Louise Hoj Larsen , European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • Ms Annette Jantzen, Aqua Publica Europea
  • Mr Julien Juret, Délégation des Barreaux de France
  • Ms Linda Kaucher, European Services Strategy Unit
  • Mr Klemens Kober, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Ms Lucie Krahulcova, Access Now
  • Mr Paul Laffin, British Medical Association
  • Mr Marc Lauridsen, Danish Shipping
  • Ms Adelaïde Legrain, Maison du Peuple d'Europe
  • Ms Andrea Lode, Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V.
  • Ms Aylin Lusi, European Express Association
  • Mr Rory Macrae, European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers' Association
  • Mr Daniel Mair, European & International Booksellers Federation
  • Mr Aldo Marino, Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Ms Lea Meister, European Students' Union
  • Ms Felia Mele, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
  • Ms Diane Mievis, DIGITALEUROPE
  • Ms Evagelia Morana, European Magazine Media Association
  • Ms Jugatx Ortiz, European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning
  • Mr Milan Pajic, amfori
  • Mr Marios Papandreou, Federation of European Publishers
  • Mr Harald Past, EuroCommerce
  • Mr Harald Past, EuroCommerce
  • Mrs Nancy Pauwels , LBC-NVK
  • Mr. Carlo Pirrone, Confederazione Generale dell'Industria Italiana
  • Mr Leonardo Pofferi, Confederazione Cooperative Italiane
  • Mr Stefano Quadro, Confederazione Cooperative Italiane
  • Ms Priscila Quaini, Apex-Brasil Brussels-Europe
  • Mr Rudolf Reibel, Bundesärztekammer
  • Mr Adriaan Scheiris, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union
  • Ms Eva Maria Schneider, SOLIDAR
  • Mr Stephan Schwerdtfeger, Deutscher Caritasverband e. V.
  • Ms Annabel Seebohm, Bundesärztekammer
  • Ms Silvia Selandari, ORGALIME
  • Mr Andreas Stepnitzka, European Fund and Asset Management Association
  • Mr Yu Takita, Insurance Europe
  • Mr Jonathan Tetas, Le Cercle de l'Industrie
  • Ms Marion Thomas, European Express Association
  • Mr Vincenzo Tiani, European Digital Rights
  • Ms Marie Timmermann, ABDA-Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Apothekerverbände
  • Mr Marc Van der Ham, DIGITALEUROPE
  • Ms Myriam Vander Stichele, Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen
  • Mr Tobias Kjer Welander, Danish Unions of Teachers
  • Ms Evelien Westert, Landsorganisationen i Danmark
  • Ms Sophie Windisch, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Ms Kristina Wittkopp, Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e.V.
  • Ms Karla Wixe, Brussels Office of the Swedish Trade Unions
  • Ms Karla Wixe, Brussels Office of the Swedish Trade Unions
  • Mr. Hanno Woelm, Trans-Atlantic Business Council
  • Mrs Emma Woodford, SOLIDAR
  • Ms Ilka Wölfle, European Social Insurance Platform AISBL
  • Ms Lucia Zivec, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe