RUE DE LA LOI, 200
Brussels, 27 April 2019
Dear Mr. Buxton,
As you are of course aware the WTO Council for Trade in Services, during its stocktaking session on 28 March 2019 in Geneva, adopted the Negotiating Guidelines for GATS 2000 negotiations and a programme for future work up to March 2002.
The negotiating guidelines confirm the most important principles of the GATS, including Members' rights to negotiate those commitments they wish to request. I consider these decisions a major step forward. WTO Members will now be able to move into the market access phase of the negotiations, on the basis of Members' negotiating proposals, including those of the EU.
The negotiating proposals that are now on the table, in particular those of the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, India, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Hong Kong China and Venezuela and other expected proposals, will be discussed in CTS negotiating sessions planned for May, July, October, December 2001 and March next year.
The Commission would appreciate comments from your organisation or individual members of ESF regarding these proposals. Together with comments we receive from Member States and other sides, your comments would help us developing negotiating positions that would take full account of the interests of European services industries.
Addressed to: Mr. Andrew Buxton
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