13 March 2003 -- European Action Day Against GATS
6 February 2003 -- GATS campaigners score victory on EU health, education and broadcasting
European GATS campaigners scored a partial victory yesterday when European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy announced that the European Commission would not further commit Europe's health and education sectors to the free market rules of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and that no commitments at all would be made in audio-visual (broadcasting) services. However, campaigners are furious that under the cover of the announcement the EC released its intension to further open EU postal, environmental, telecommunications, distribution (retail), transport and financial services to foreign competition.
19 January 2003 -- On 15 January, the European Commission announced an extension of the deadline for the 'civil society consultation' on GATS until 31 January 2003.The extension of the deadline might be linked to the big success of the e-mail action coordinated by GATSwatch: more than 1800 letters objecting against the nature of the consultation and the EU's handling of the GATS negotiations have been sent to the European Commission and national governments.
The Commission missed an internal EU deadline for presenting a first draft of the EU GATS offer to the member states, which was scheduled for 15 January 2003.
9 January 2003 -- On November 12th, the European Commission launched a faulty and manipulative 'civil society consultation' on the GATS negotiations.
As of today, over a thousand letters objecting against this consultation and the EU's handling of the GATS negotiations have been sent to the European Commission and national governments. Take a look at the list of senders.
18 November 2002 -- Second open letter by European civil society groups to EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy on the General Agreement on Trade in Services negotiations.
7 October 2002 -- Launch of European campaign to collect signatures for parliamentarians' call.
Launch of European campaign to collect signatures for a parliamentarians’ call opposing the liberalisation of public services under the WTO’s aegis and for transparency and democratic control of negotiations in progress. Version française.