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Democracy, Public Services and Government Regulation

Le Monday 25 November 2019

A briefing by Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP September 2002

The UK government is one of the main proponents of GATS. It has worked in close cooperation with a particularly influential services industry lobby, yet there has been little or no consultation with local governments, civil society or even the national Parliament. In addition to this, although the European Commission is negotiating on behalf of all EU countries, the European Parliament has no say in the process either.

Flying in the face of notions of participatory democracy, governments are letting the WTO rush through this process behind closed doors and brush off attempts at open discussion of what GATS could mean. This leaflet attempts to explain some of the issues and calls for a full assessment and public discussion of GATS.

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