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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.

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