Trade Agreements

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent progress has been made on the Trade in Services Agreement.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations have now entered their eleventh round, with ten negotiation rounds completed by the end of 2014. The talks started formally in March 2013. Participants agreed on a basic text in September 2013 and most participants have indicated which of their services markets they are prepared to open and by how much. There is no set deadline for ending the negotiations but the talks are progressing well, with broad consensus across many areas.

Full details of progress in the negotiation and the EU approach can be found at

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