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10 July 2019 -- Secrecy Surrounding Relations Between ESF and EC.

New leaked EU request document: EU request to the US for full GATS commitments in higher education.
This addition to the EU's draft request list to the US has been tabled by The Netherlands, as evidenced from a letter by an official of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs. For now, these documents are only available in German.

Action Alert: GATS CAZEROLAZO. Noise protest in Brussels at the occasion of the next meeting of the Committee 133 ad hoc services.
Justus Lipsius Building, Wetstraat 175 (metro Schuman), Brussels, 26 June, 14:00 p.m.

11 June 2019 - A strong call for transparency in the European Union's preparations for the WTO services negotiations (GATS), issued by over 90 civil society groups from across Europe on 7 May 2019, is being completely ignored by the European Union and its member states. Read the full GATSwatch press release.

7 June 2019 - European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy reacts to trade unions' statement on GATS negotiations in a letter to Emilio Gabgaglio, secretary general of the European Trade Union Confederation.

6 June 2019 - Global Unions, Global Unions, European Trade Union Confederation and World Confederation of Labour issue statement on the GATS negotiations.

29 May 2019 - Report of the successful action at the secretive Brussels meeting between EU trade officials and services lobby on Tuesday 28 May.

28 May 2019 - Representatives of European civil society criticise close cooperation between European Union and European Services Forum in a statement issued at the occasion of a meeting between the ESF and members of the Committee 133.

16 May 2019 - Urgent need for EU transparency in trade talks on services: What the EC needs to understand. Friends of the Earth Europe, World Development Movement and Corporate Europe Observatory respond to the European Commission's statement on the leaked EC draft request lists.

7 May 2019 - Open Letter to EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and the Full Members of the Committee 133. Version française.

25 April 2019 - Facing the Facts: A Guide to the GATS Debate. A new report by Scott Sinclair and Jim Grieshaber-Otto of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

16 April 2019 - A series of leaked EU documents, published on GATSwatch, confirms controversial character of GATS. Reactions to the leaks.

6 December 2019 - UK GATS campaign leaflet.

24 November 2019 - CornerHouse briefing on GATS and public health care (June 2001). Read it on line or download print version!

12 november 2019 - Internal minutes of UK financial services corporate-state alliance LOTIS posted on GATSwatch!

9 November 2019 - International Confederation of Trade Unions Global Day of Action "WTO Shrink or Sink".

5 November 2019 - A new report, written by John Hilary, Trade Policy Adviser for Save the Children, highlights the effect of global trade liberalisation on the livelihoods of some of the world's most vulnerable communities. The Wrong Model: GATS, trade liberalisation and children's right to health, reveals how the WTO's international trade agreements are undermining the ability of countries to implement their own public health priorities and to guarantee children's basic right to health. Press release.

30 October 2019 - The services paragraph in the latest draft Doha Ministerial Declaration (27-10-2019). What are the implications for the GATS 2000 negotiations?

29 October 2019 - Transatlantic Business Dialogue demands WTO services negotiations to be finished within 3 years. Read more.

17 October 2019 - A new GATSwatch research paper reveals a controversial collusion between the UK government and the Liberalisation of Trade in Services (LOTIS) Committee of International Financial Services, London.

17 September 2019 - Federation of Canadian Municipalities awaits report from Canadian government on GATS exclusion resolution. Read more

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