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Trade in Services Agreement: ‘The mandate shows that our high standards in public services will be upheld’

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Cecilia Malmstrom, membre de la Comissió Europea responsable d'Assumptes d'Interior, i Bernard Cazeneuve, ministre francès de la roda de premsa de l'interiorAhir (10 de març), el Consell de la UE va publicar les directrius de negociació per a un acord plurilateral de comerç de serveis o TiSA.

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström commented: ‘I am glad that EU governments have agreed with my proposal to make the TiSA negotiating mandate public. This is yet another step in our commitment to improve transparency in EU trade negotiations. Citizens will be able to see for themselves that in the TiSA negotiations, the EU protects public services, preserves the right to regulate at all levels of government and ensures that we can maintain the highest standards. This agreement is important for all of us because the EU is the world’s largest exporter of services with tens of millions of jobs in the sector throughout Europe. We aim at making it easier for EU firms to export services which will contribute to growth and jobs here in the EU.’

In the specific case of TiSA, the European Commission has concluded that the publication of the mandate does not undermine the EU’s negotiating position and does not harm its interests with regard to our international relations. On the contrary, Commissioner Malmström called for the publication of the mandate noting that the publication fits into the WTO framework for transparency and confirms the EU’s position to integrate TiSA into the WTO multilateral system.

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