Members are free to tailor the coverage of the sector and the content of these commitments as they see fit. Commitments therefore generally reflect the objectives and constraints of national policy as a whole and in different sectors. While some members have provided fewer than a handful of services, others have adopted market access and national processing disciplines in more than 120 services out of a total of 160. Services negotiations: WTO members continue discussions on continuing negotiations to gradually achieve a higher level of liberalization, as stipulated in Article XIX of the GATS. MEPs also negotiate national regulation in the services sector. The GATS agreement covers four types of service delivery in cross-border trade:[3] The requirement in their timetables to liberalise trade in certain service sectors, in one or more of the four types of supply, has been “linked” by member governments to the extent that tariffs are linked under the GATT. They can only be amended or withdrawn after negotiations with other contracting parties. These negotiations generally involve compensation in the form of trade concessions of similar value. By opening up trade in services, we also hope that the TSA talks will help revive stalled multilateral negotiations – the Doha Development Round or the Doha Development Agenda – under the aegis of the World Trade Organization. Each WTO member must have a specific timetable of commitments specifying the services for which the member guarantees market access and national treatment, as well as possible restrictions. The calendar can also be used to make additional commitments, for example.

B with respect to the implementation of certain standards or regulatory principles. Commitments are made for each of the four types of service delivery. While services currently account for more than two-thirds of world output and employment, they account for no more than 25% of total trade, as measured by the balance of payments. But this apparently modest proportion should not be underestimated. Indeed, the balance of payments statistics do not cover one of the types of services defined in the GATS, i.e. the supply by commercial presence in another country (mode 3). Although services are increasingly being exchanged in their own legislation, they also serve as essential inputs for the production of goods and, therefore, services, when value-added, account for about 50% of world trade. The GATS provides a legal framework for removing trade barriers and investments in services. It contains specific commitments by WTO members to limit the use of these barriers and provides a forum for further negotiations on open services markets around the world. These obligations are included in Member States` working hours, as are the collective agreements of the Member States. This definition defines virtually all public services as “commercial” and already covers areas such as the police, the military, prisons, justice, public administration and government.