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).