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In the meantime, the TSA could boost the current round of multilateral trade negotiations in Doha by bringing together countries that want to further open up trade in services. TiSA is open to all other WTO members who share their ambitions. As soon as these members reach a certain number, the goal is to transfer TiSA into the multilateral trading system. The Bali agreement was a boost for the WTO and the multilateral trading system, as it showed that its members could work together to achieve results. It could help revive the WTO`s multilateral trade negotiations – the “Doha Round.” That is why the EU wants the WTO`s post-Bali work programme to cover a significant part of the services. Normally, governments are responsible for the adequacy of their rules vis-à-vis their citizens. Citizens can demand that businesses recycle all of their waste or employ a certain proportion of people with disabilities, and they can say no to the construction of shopping malls or hydraulic fracturing. Most citizens expect to be able to make these decisions without having to convince the parties to a global trade agreement that they are right. TiSA can therefore have a serious impact on democracy and place great limits on how we can improve our society through regulation. Discussions among all WTO members to facilitate the flow of services have been taking place for several years. TiSA has a limited number of WTO members, but together they account for about 70% of world trade in services.

TiSA also offers the possibility of concluding an agreement to which other WTO members could join at a later date. WTO members have already signed a 1995 multilateral services agreement. They could include TiSA in current WTO rules and ultimately be part of WTO rules. None of the EU`s free trade agreements require EU countries to privatise their health services. TiSA will be no exception. With regard to the architecture of the future agreement, it was possible to find a convergence based on the GATS, including some key GATS items (including definitions, scope, market access and national treatment, general and security exceptions).