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TISA another secret agreement in the background

TISA , the new agreement on trade in services - no multilateralism , no transparency - a very THICK DOG

Tisa , the " Trade in Services Agreement" or " Agreement on Trade in Services " , is one of the most important agreements are currently being negotiated . Comparable in extent is the agreement on top secret
„Transatlantischen Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft“ (in short: TTIP ) between the EU and the United States. On July 8, the second round of negotiations between the EU and 21 other countries starts ( including the U.S., Turkey, Canada , Mexico, Australia and Japan) to liberalize trade in services . This national markets to foreign investors inside that open might even be able to partially bring their own workers. Not only is the risk of the liberalization of public goods such as waste disposal , education and health and other services such as data protection is problematic. The agreement will therefore have such a big impact because it is being negotiated outside the World Trade Organization ( WHO) and thus paves the way for future plurilateral rather than multilateral agreements .

Tisa - a threat to multilateralism 

21 WHO Member States , calling themselves " Really Good Friends of Services" ( German : " Very good service girlfriends " in short, RGF ) call want to agree on further standards on trade in services . So far, this is the " General Agreement on Trade in Services" ( German : "General Agreement on Trade in Services ," in short, GATS) agreements, a basic document of the WHO. Since the reform of the GATS currently not preceded want the RGF Tisa by press , although they regulate trade in services mostly in bilateral free trade agreements. By GATS is now to be reformed to plurilateral way , all other countries are excluded , being but it will have an impact on the agreement . The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India , China and South Africa) are against any negotiations outside WHO . At the same time they are the ones countries in which the services sector will grow strongly - . Therefore it would be important that they agree to a new agreement

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RGF want Tisa negotiate so that may be included in the WHO rules , if accede to other states . This brings legal issues with it since it is still unclear how a legal coexistence of Tisa and GATS is possible. Nevertheless, this coalition wants to show the Willingen, that if they want an agreement , there will be an agreement - . Instead to seek ways to negotiate internationally binding rules in a multilateral framework Tisa - a danger to the transparency 

Outside the WHO to negotiate , also means that the negotiations take place even less transparent . In early 2012 , the RGF have started unofficial and secret negotiations. At the time , the European Commission did not even have a mandate from the Member States ! Without making any changes accepted the 27 trade ministers later presented by the Commission mandate . Although the Commission is obliged to make an impact assessment before engaging in negotiations , it has previously not submitted . In its plenary meeting in July, the European Parliament agreed , without the votes of the Greens on a common position ; the  Grüne Entschließungsantrag was rejected. As always with trade negotiations, the documents will not be accessible and the civil society will have no opportunity to influence the outcome.

Tisa - a danger to public goods 

Compared to GATS is to liberalize trade in services Tisa on. Rather than commit States to liberalize spefizischer subsectors by a "positive list" , states should exclude services specifically . This " negative list " means that everything that is not on the list , will be liberalized ! With the so-called " standstill clause " can States the status of liberalization of these sectors maintained, but not regulate back stronger . The general rule is that if a service was liberalized , it can not be regulated again ( " Ratchet Clause" ) .

Among other things, the agreement will address in particular the liberalization of financial services , digital commerce, state-owned enterprises , telecommunications and postal services. Some services in the areas of energy and environment are likely included. At the same time , the Commission has indicated that audiovisual services should not be negotiated . Tisa - a danger to democracy 

Further liberalization of trade in services limited national policy space . Tisa , for example , efforts to rekommunalisieren services difficult . Local or national regulation of markets will always be limited possible. Most of these types of agreements have also many loopholes in terms of public goods . So at risk Tisa example services that are in public-private hand. Tisa - no negotiations without protest !

During the negotiations of the trade agreement between the U.S. and the EU is being accompanied by a public debate , TISA has hardly been making headlines . Public awareness about the extent and impact of TISA has been very low. This makes it easy for the negotiators - who plan to submit the first decisions at the WHO conference in December 2013 in Bali. The Greens in the European Parliament are absolutely opposed to this agreement . But alone we can not stop it.

Tisa is being negotiated between the EU, U.S., Canada , Mexico, Japan , Chile, Chinese Taipei , Costa Rica , Hong Kong China, Iceland , Israel , Colombia, the Republic of Korea , New Zealand, Norway , Pakistan, Panama , Paraguay , Peru, Switzerland and Turkey