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Provisions on Trade in Services in Trade and Integration Agreements in the Western Hemisphere

Part I: Sub-regional Trade and Integration Agreements
XX. Future Liberalization: B. Negotating Modality

PART IV, Article XIX - Negotiation of Specific Commitments
For each round of negotiations, negotiation guidelines and procedures shall be established. For the purposes of establishing such guidelines, the Council for Trade in Services shall carry out an assessment of trade in services in overall terms and on a sectoral basis with reference to the objectives of the Agreement, including those set out in paragraph 1 of Article IV (Increasing Participation of Developing Countries). Negotiating guidelines shall establish modalities for the treatment of liberalization undertaken autonomously by Members since previous negotiations, as well as for the special treatment of the least-developed countries under the provisions of paragraph 3 of Article IV.

Chapter Twelve, Article 1209: Procedures
The Commission shall establish procedures for:

  • consultations on reservations, quantitative restrictions or commitments with a view to further liberalization.

Group of Three
Chapter X, Article 10-12: Procedures
The Parties will jointly establish procedures to guide the negotiations for the elaboration of the Protocols mentioned in Articles 10-07 (Consolidation of the Measures),10-08 (Non-Discriminatory Quantitative Restrictions) and 10-10 (Liberalization of Non-Discriminatory Measures), as well as to communicate the measures that were contemplated in Articles 10-07, paragraph 6, and 10-08, paragraphs 2 and 3.

Not Specified.

Not Specified.

Andean Community
Not Specified.

Central America/Dominican Republic
Article 10-11: Non discriminatory quantitative restrictions
Periodically, at least every two years, the Parties shall, endeavor to negotiate the liberalization or removal of the existing quantitative restrictions maintained by a Party, pursuant to the list in paragraph 1 supra; or quantitative restrictions that a Party would have adopted after the entry into force of this Treaty.

Chapter X, Article 10-15: Future Liberalization:
Through future negotiations to be summoned by the Committee, the Parties shall deepen the liberalization achieved in the different sectors of services, with a view to secure the elimination of remaining restrictions listed in conformity with the Article 10-11 (Quantitative Restrictions) and paragraph 2 of Article 10-13 (Consolidation of measures).

Part IV, Article XXII: Common Market Group
The negotiation in matter of services in the MERCOSUR is competency of the Common Market Group.

With respect to this Protocol, the Common Market Group shall have the following functions:
(a) summon and supervise the future negotiations under Article XIX (Negotiations of Specific Commitments) of this Protocol. To this end, the Common Market Group shall establish the scope, criteria, or instruments for carrying out negotiations on specific commitments;
(b) receive the notifications and results of consultations regarding the modification and/or suspension of specific commitments of Article XX;
(c) execute the functions entailed in the Article XI (Recognition);
(d) evaluate periodically the evolution of trade in services in the MERCOSUR; and
(e) perform other tasks as instructed by the Council of Common Market in matters of trade in services.

The Common Market Group shall set up an auxiliary organ and shall regulate its composition and functioning.

Chapter XVII: Administration and Evaluation of the Agreement
Article 40.b: The Executive Commission will define the modalities and deadlines for the negotiations over the objectives of this Agreement, and for such purpose working groups may be constituted.

Chapter XIX: Administration and Evaluation of the Agreement
Article 47.b: The Executive Commission will define the modalities and deadlines for the negotiations over the objectives of this Agreement, and for such purpose working groups may be constituted.

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