[pp.int.general] TiSA - New "Trade in Services Agreement" being negotiated.
hyazinthe at emailn.de
hyazinthe at emailn.de
Mon Apr 28 01:12:51 CEST 2014
Well, it's not that there is no opportunity to do something against it, you know: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=z2_7kVjvOAF0.kJGmGBbsABbM
/ aka Oliver
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Von: Jack Allnutt <j.allnutt at pirateparty.org.uk>
Datum: 27.04.2014 21:32:12
An: Pirate Parties International -- General Talk <pp.international.general at lists.pirateweb.net>
Betreff: [pp.int.general] TiSA - New "Trade in Services Agreement" being negotiated.
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I've just become aware (thanks to @glynmoody's tweets) about a new(ish) treaty - the Trade in Services Agreement - that is currently being negotiated by WTO members outside of the WTO infrastructure.
So far, countries involved in negotiations are: Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, European Union (representing its 28 Member States), Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Switzerland,, Turkey and the United States.
There is an EU document that lists areas that may be included:
> Such proposals are expected to be made in the area of domestic regulation (e.g. authorisation and licensing procedures), international maritime transport services, Information and Communication Technology (?ICT?) services (including cross-border data transfers), e-commerce, computer related services, postal and courier services, financial services, temporary movement of natural persons, government procurement of services, export subsidies and state-owned enterprises. This list is neither an exhaustive list, nor does it mean that it was agreed that in all those sectors there will be new and enhanced disciplines.
References to "liberalisation" earlier in the document and "cross-border data transfers" there have me particularly worried given the EU member states' reluctance to pass the GDPR despite strong Parliamentary support.
According to the Australian Government's website on TiSA, the next round of negotiations will start *tomorrow* (28th April) and last until Friday (2nd May), taking place in Geneva. They also state that at the last meeting (in February)
> [The TiSA parties] agreed to move from proposals to negotiating texts for all of these disciplines.
We should get some very strong wording out ASAFP demanding that this negotiation is fully open and transparent at the very least, and demanding that the TiSA parties release the working texts at the end of every round. If they don't (and I suspect they won't), it's yet another stick we have to beat the opposition around the head with in the EP elections [as if we needed any more ;)].
Also, apparently there is a public meeting being held on Wednesday at The Varembé Conference Centre (CCV), Room A, 17 rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva 20 between 18:30 and 21:00 - if any French or Swiss Pirates who live near are able to go along, ask annoying questions and report back that would be amazing.
Dept. Campaigns Officer
Pirate Party UK
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