Services / GATS / TISA

EU raises stakes for US in biodiesel battle

Original Publication Date: 
5 March, 2009

The European Union is gearing up to slap duties on imported US biodiesel in the latest sign of rising trade tensions as world economies slump into

ASEAN tables emergency safeguard proposal in GATS talks

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
After years of protracted negotiations among WTO members on having an emergency safeguard mechanism to deal with adverse economic impacts as a result of services liberalization in the WTO, the ASEAN group (excluding Singapore) has tabled a proposal on it.

Another ‘Enchilada’ on Services

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
A second Doha Development Agenda services 'Enchilada' session was held yesterday - where Malaysia and South Korea spelled out what they intend to present in their revised services offers and stated 'must-haves' in the final package, trade diplomats said

WTO Services negotiations set to intensify

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13 February, 2007
At a meeting of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services at the WTO on Friday 2 February, WTO members reiterated that services is central to the 'triangle' of issues on market access in agriculture and NAMA negotiations.

Problems in providing universal access to services highlighted at UNCTAD meeting

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2006
Developing countries face challenges and problems in providing universal access to services to their people, and these were brought up in an expert meeting on "Universal Access to Services" organised by UNCTAD last week.

Developing countries voice opposition to ?necessity test? in GATS

Original Publication Date: 
30 November, 2006
At an UNCTAD expert meeting on universal access to services held last week, the diplomats of several developing countries voiced opposition to the inclusion of the 'necessity test' principle in disciplines being negotiated for domestic regulation in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the WTO.

A Services Fire-Side Chat

Original Publication Date: 
27 November, 2006
A fire-side chat yesterday with a score of Doha Development Agenda services negotiators failed to bring convergence on setting new time-lines for submitting revised offers as key members remain divided over how different elements within the services mandate ought to proceed at this juncture

Attacking China on Services

Original Publication Date: 
27 November, 2006
Industrialized countries - led by the United States, the European Union, Canada and Japan - yesterday attacked China in the World Trade Organization for not complying with its accession commitments in the areas of financial services

Pursuing a Services Re-start

Original Publication Date: 
19 November, 2006
Washington and Brussels on Friday jointly reached out to a score of developing countries - including Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and Kenya, among others - to accelerate the Doha Development Agenda services negotiations, saying the time has come to enter into hard bargaining on what each can give and take in both market openings and rules.

G33 slams “flawed” World Bank paper on special products

Original Publication Date: 
31 October, 2006
The Group of 33 in the WTO has complained to World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz about a paper on Special Products (SPs) produced by the Bank which the Group says contains a serious misrepresentation of the purpose and effects of SPs.

Report 3 on UNCTAD meetings: Doha talks should resume but on development basis

Original Publication Date: 
9 October, 2006
The World Trade Organisation's Doha negotiations should resume as soon as possible, and on the basis of the development mandate and principle so that the developing countries will really benefit, according to many developing countries individually or through their groupings.

Schwab calls on services industry to increase trade lobbying efforts

Original Publication Date: 
5 October, 2006
U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this week told members of the services industry that they are leaving too much of the lobbying for approval of trade agreements to agriculture groups, which are taking on that effort to an extent that is disproportionate to the importance of agriculture for the U.S. economy.

Mandelson: Enlarged EU preserves its public services model in WTO

Original Publication Date: 
26 September, 2006
The EU has become the first member of the World Trade Organization to use the provisions of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) to enable Members to modify their trade commitments.

U.S., EU Reach Agreement to Open European Market to U.S. Services Companies

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25 September, 2006
The United States and the European Union have concluded an agreement that will provide new commercial opportunities for U.S. banks and other service providers in the 25-nation EU, U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab announced Sept. 25.

WTO General Council officially suspends talks indefinitely

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26 July, 2006
In Geneva, on Thursday, at the request of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy, the ambassadors of the 149 WTO member nations, meeting in General Council, officially agreed to suspend Doha Round talks indefinitely after the stalled meeting on 24 July when the major G-6 trading powers (EU, United States, Brazil, India, Australia and Japan) were unable to reach a compromise on the modalities (figures and other provisions) for trade liberalisation in agricultural products and non-agricultural manufactured articles (NAMA).

Crunch Time in Geneva: pressure tactics in the GATS negotiations

Original Publication Date: 
20 June, 2006
Global civil society should not be lulled into complacency by gloomy media reports about the deadlock in the Doha Round negotiations.

Collective Request Mode 3

Original Publication Date: 
27 March, 2006
Link to the collective request on Mode 3.

Collective Requests: Services related to agriculture, MFN exemptions, Distribution Services

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2006
Links to collective services requests related to agriculture, MFN exemptions and distribution services.

Plurilateral requests: Mode 4, Legal Services, Air Transport, Audivisual and Schedule for Services Cluster March - April

Original Publication Date: 
13 March, 2006
Below are the links for the services documents

Collective Requests - Legal, Logistics, Postal and Courier

Original Publication Date: 
7 March, 2006
Links to three new collective requests.