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TISA - Trade in Services Agreement

Related institutions, negotiations and agreements

This agreement is currently be negotiated between the European Union and twenty one other countries. It is basically a free-trade agreement but only concerns trade in services. It is closely related to GATS and in particular seems to address questions that are related to personal data. The European Commission ran a consultation on it in 2013 [1]

It continues the stalled negotiations begun within the Doha Round (launched 2001).

Negotiating partners are: the European Union and twenty one WTO members: Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Pakistan, Peru, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA.

"This future trade in services agreement should be based on the General Agreement on Trade in Services ("GATS"), and is meant to advance the stalled multilateral negotiations carried out under the umbrella of the World Trade Organisation ("WTO") with those countries that are willing to continue negotiations on trade in services." (source: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/agreements/index_en.htm and http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2013/june/tradoc_151374.pdf)


  • Press release - EU to chair plurilateral talks to open services markets European Commission - IP/14/153 17/02/2014