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Panagiotis Delimatsis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533152

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533152.001.0001

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Transparency and Domestic Regulations in Services

Transparency and Domestic Regulations in Services

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International Trade in Services and Domestic Regulations

Panagiotis Delimatsis

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of the principle of transparency within the overall GATS framework. It reviews with a critical eye the ongoing GATS negotiations relating to the prospective creation of horizontally (across services sectors) applicable regulatory transparency rules on licensing, qualifications, and technical standards, which would allow the identification of those non-discriminatory domestic regulations in services that unnecessarily impede trade. It identifies the advantages and drawbacks of developing transparency rules applicable to all sectors. It offers a realistic assessment of the current proposals submitted by several WTO Members relating to transparency exploring the need and possible shape of such rules in the GATS.

Keywords:   bottom-up transparency, top-down transparency, notification, prior comment, prior consultations, application process, advance notice

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