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Blog: EU’s preferential services offer to least developed economies – devil in details
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Blog: EU’s preferential services offer to least developed economies – devil in details

Last week’s EU initiative to offer preferential access to its services market to the least-developed-economies (LDCs) , mostly sub-Saharan African, which are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has created a buzz, and clearly is a positive move. Yet whether this is really a good offer for LDCs remains unclear: the sectors up for opening cited so far by …

Viviane Reding sets out European Parliament “red lines” for TiSA
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Viviane Reding sets out European Parliament “red lines” for TiSA

[sh_light_text ]Transparency, public services, liberalisation of the cross-border movement of construction and road transport workers, and data protection, are among the key items flagged by the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), a deal currently under negotiation in Geneva among more than twenty World Trade Organization …

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Flash news: Shanghai free zone liberalises 51 more sectors

The Shanghai Municipality has delisted 51 of 190 sectors that were still restricted for foreign investors in the country’s China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (CSPFTZ). That zone was established one year ago. We learned the news from the European Chamber of Commerce in China. The ECCC recently criticized the excessive length of the list of exceptions …

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News update: Take-aways from last week’s TiSA talks

By Iana Dreyer and Jennifer Freedman   Governments involved in negotiations to liberalise trade in services (TiSA)  reported significant progress during the seventh round of negotiations in Geneva last week. But the actual extent of substantial market liberalisation the countries eventually agree still remains uncertain.   Though technical and commercially-focused, …