The chief beneficiaries of this new GATS
regime are a breed of corporate service providers determined to expand their global commercial reach and to turn public services into private markets all over the world.
II), the Network Music Opinions (Article 8), and the Several Opinions (Article 4), each is inconsistent with China's national treatment commitments under Article XVII of the GATS
avoid these devastating results and to preserve GATS
, the United States
expressly places "developing countries" in a special category that will entitle them to special treatment in the implementation of their national policy objectives.
The only way legally to effect the EU's proposals under GATS
would be through deliberately amending the U.
A There is a heightened awareness of the GATS
and its importance within governments in developing countries but they need assistance to understand how to solicit input from businesses, especially if the associations are not aware of the importance of the GATS
Mr Lamy also repeated that the GATS
negotiations could not force governments to open up their essential public services - and nor was that the EU's aim.
envisions that recognition issues may also be handled through "Mutual Recognition Agreements" negotiated between GATS
It is unclear how the expansion of GATS
rules might affect the ability of local governments to regulate and provide public services such as health care, education and utilities.
is likely to have a disproportionately negative impact on women, particularly women in developing countries.
allows members to modify or withdraw commitments, provided that they negotiate offsetting compensation so that the overall level of its market access remains the same.
violations occurred (here: GATS
, meaning services).