Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of the relevant agreements under Article XXI GATS with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Separate customs territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (Chinese Taipei), Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United States, on the necessary compensatory adjustments resulting from the accession of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Poland, the Republic of Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the European Union

1. All Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) maintain schedules setting out the specific commitments on trade in services they undertake under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). These commitments are legal obligations which guarantee service suppliers from other WTO Members a certain level of market access and treatment equal to that accorded to domestic suppliers, in sectors covered by Members’ schedules.

2. When the WTO was created, the trade in services commitments of all the Member States of the EU were presented under a consolidated EU schedule. Following the enlargement of the EU in 2004, the EU sought to bring the GATS commitments of the new Member States of the EU in line with the EU’s existing commitments. This required some commitments previously entered into by the new Member States in their existing schedules to be withdrawn.

Topic  Trade 
Department  DFIT 
Council Reference  14018/18 
COM Reference  COM(18)733 
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