Will public services be safeguarded in CETA?
Liberalisation of trade in services requires strong safeguards in order to make sure the ability of public authorities to deliver high-quality services is not undermined in any way. In CETA, European and Canadian negotiators decided to rely on a so-called negative list, in which the Parties created sectoral exclusions on services they do not intend to liberalise. Usually, “positive lists” are used: in this framework: the legislators explicitly list the services they wish to open to liberalisation, thus maintaining a better control on public services, including services that will emerge in the future. This is not the case in CETA. Provisions relating to trade in services are entailed in Chapter 9.
Pro and Cons
on trade in services
On public services and contracts
CONS EPSU briefing on CETA
Public Services under attack, Thomas Fritz for EPSU and other organisations