Conservative MEP for South East England Richard Ashworth has backed a report from the International Trade Committee establishing the European Parliament’s position on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
The report calls for an ambitious agreement which could form the basis for further progress at the multilateral level for trade in services, and help bring jobs and growth to the South East.
TiSA is a trade agreement currently being negotiated by 23 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the EU. Together, the participating countries account for 70% of world trade in services.
TiSA aims at opening up markets and improving rules in areas such as licensing, financial services, telecoms, e-commerce, maritime transport, and professionals moving abroad to provide services.
After the vote today Mr Ashworth commented:
“The EU is the world’s largest exporter of services with tens of millions of jobs throughout Europe in the services sector, with over 80% of jobs in the UK dependant on this sector it is vitally important that it is supported.
“Making it easier for UK firms to export services to other countries will help secure growth and jobs here in the South East. And making it possible for firms from outside Europe to offer their services in the EU will increase choice and lower prices for businesses and consumers alike.
“I have calling for the European Commission to advance the single market for the service industry, and welcome this report as a step forward for the UK economy to grow and become more competitive.
“Public services are of great value and importance in the South East, and I am pleased to have supported specific safeguards to ensure they are properly protected, and nothing will prevent the UK government running public services in the way they see fit”