Trade And Services Agreement
We call on the parties to TISA to plan all measures inconsistent with the national treatment provided for in Section B of their schedules and to submit these measures to the non-clicking and status quo mechanisms. This result would provide additional and certain predictability for TISA environmental service providers, since measures inconsistent with national treatment would indeed be linked to their existing level of openness. The EU says its trade agreements do not prevent any government from providing services in areas such as water, education, health and social services.  The EU has stated that companies outside its borders are not allowed to provide publicly funded health or social services.  The EU has made its position papers, offers and negotiating reports available online.  “The US amendments aim to end public services such as public pension funds known as “monopolies” and to limit the public regulation of all financial services … They want to freeze financial regulation at existing levels, which would mean that governments could not respond to new developments, such as a new global financial crisis.  The process was proposed to a group of countries that met in Geneva and were called very good friends. All negotiating meetings will take place in Geneva. The EU and the UNITED States are the main supporters of the agreement and are responsible for most of the common changes.
Participating countries began drafting the proposed agreement in February 2012 and submitted their first bids at the end of 2013.  The TISA negotiations are open to WTO members as long as they demonstrate their ability and willingness to be constructive and ambitious. The ultimate goal of the TISA parties is to extend membership to all WTO members once the agreement has been negotiated, so that all WTO members can benefit from improved disciplines and better market access for trade in services. A preliminary analysis of the annexation of financial services by the eminent critic of free trade, Professor Jane Kelsey, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, has been published with the publication of WikiLeaks.  Since 1995, international trade in services has been governed by the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Although the stated objectives of the GATS are resolutely business-friendly – in order to force Member State governments to “gradually liberalise” trade in services – progress on some of the priorities of rich countries has been slow. In response, groups such as the Coalition of Services Industries and the Global Services Coalition have called for progress in reflective services outside the WTO. The Global Services Coalition is aware of its objectives and says it sees TiSA as an opportunity to ensure “new market access opportunities for businesses” and to create “the new cornerstone of the rules governing trade in services in the 21st century.” The provisions of the TSA also call into question IT services, although the extent of the threat is not yet clear, as countries do not agree on the wording of the corresponding annex. The agreement generally aims to open up cross-border data flows and aims to address issues such as “forced localization and technology transfer,” net neutrality and data protection. The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is a trade in services agreement currently being negotiated by 23 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including Canada.
The negotiations were launched in March 2013 by a group of like-minded countries to further liberalize trade in services by developing new and improved disciplines and improve market access. Although the TISA negotiations are conducted outside the WTO framework, the parties rely on the WTO`s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) to transform it into a WTO agreement by extending its participation to all WTO members.