Trade in Services Negotiations Schedule

  • 9 July 2014 in Skopje, Macedonia
  • 6 November 2014 in Skopje, Macedonia
  • 26 and 27 February 2015 in Brussels, Belgium
  • 29 and 30 June 2015  in Chisinau, Moldova
  • 15 and 16 September 2015 in Chisinau, Moldova
  • 23 and 24 November 2015 in  Chisinau, Moldova
  • 5 and 6 April 2016 in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 20 and 21 June 2016 in Herceg Novi, Montenegro

The Negotiating Group on Services is a temporary group established for the purposes of supporting the Parties’ negotiations on Trade in Services.  It operates in accordance with its official Terms of Reference as set out in Annex 1 of JC Decision 5/2014.

The Group’s key objectives are to ensure the successful negotiation of the Schedule of Commitments on Trade in Services and conclusion of the Additional Protocol on Trade in Services.  It reports to the Subcommittee on Trade in Services and will be abolished on completion of its task.

The CEFTA Parties formally started negotiations in July 2014 during the Chairmanship of Macedonia. The expected outcome of the negotiations is an Additional Protocol on Trade in Services together with a first annex on the Presence of Natural Persons and a second annex detailing a Schedule of Specific Commitments in Services which will cover 12 services sectors (business and professional services, tourism, recreational and environmental services, communication and construction services, distribution, education and health services, as well as financial, transport and audio-visual services).