[pp.int.general] TiSA - New "Trade in Services Agreement" being negotiated.

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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
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    Hi all,

    I've just become aware (thanks to @glynmoody's tweets[0][1]) 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[2] 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[3] 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[4] 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.

    Jack Allnutt

    EU2014 Candidate,
    Dept. Campaigns Officer
    Pirate Party UK

    [0] https://twitter.com/glynmoody/status/460487172815343616
    [1] https://twitter.com/glynmoody/status/460489144004018176
    [2]    http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2013/june/tradoc_151374.pdf

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