It consisted of six items: appointment of a new chairperson; negotiations on safeguards under GATS Article X; negotiations on subsidies under GATS Article XV; negotiations on government procurement under GATS Article XIII; date of the next meeting; and other business. However, as the Chairman of the Council for Trade in Services had not finalized his consultations on the chairmanships of the subsidiary bodies at that time, it had been decided that the hand-over would take place at the beginning of the following meeting. Members had expressed support for these guiding principles and had indicated that they agreed on, or had flexibility to accept many of the suggested elements.
Discussion on substantive issues
The Chairperson invited delegations to continue their examination of the Communication from the European Communities and Their Member States on Modal Application of an Emergency Safeguard Measure (S/WPGR/W/38, 21 January 2002), as well as the Communication from Australia on Elements for a Possible "Core Mechanism" for Temporary Suspension or Modification of Commitments (JOB(02)/8, 13 February 2002). negotiations on subsidies (article xv of the gats)
The Chairperson said that, in the course of his consultations on a work programme, some Members had indicated an intention or willingness to discuss a programme structuring future work on subsidies. The Secretariat could do some background work, including an update of its Note on information contained in Trade Policy Reviews and a compilation of subsidy-related information found in the various sectoral proposals submitted to the Special Session. He agreed with Chile that the Checklist should be revised and recalled that Article XV provided for an information exchange concerning all subsidies related to trade in services. She drew attention to the fourth sentence of Article XV:1, which stipulated that negotiations should recognize "the role of subsidies in relation to development programmes of developing countries and take into account the needs of Members, particularly developing country Members, for flexibility in this area". In the past, the Working Party had already addressed various interesting issues under this agenda item and it might be useful to refer to reports of past discussions. He further suggested that the Secretariat update the background note on information contained in WTO Trade Policy Reviews (S/WPGR/W/25 and Addenda) and undertake to compile subsidy-related information contained in the sectoral proposals presented by Members to the Special Session. Since these reports were not meant to address specifically subsidy issues, TPR-based information did not necessarily provide a comprehensive picture, nor allow judgement on whether those subsidies had trade-distortive effects or not. The representative of Brazil noted that the background note on TPR-related information had already been updated twice and asked why it was problematic to undertake a third update. The representative of the European Communities recalled that the Negotiating Guidelines provided that negotiations on government procurement in services should be completed prior to the conclusion of negotiations on specific commitments. The European Communities intended to work actively on this issue in the Working Party and was ready to discuss with interested delegations their specific interests. XVI and XVII did not apply pending the entry into force of negotiated disciplines, which did not mean that these provisions were excluded from the scope of the negotiating mandate. Should the Secretariat be asked to undertake background work, it could only be a list of documents containing relevant contributions and discussions. While paragraph 1 of Article XIII exempted government procurement from the application of Articles II, XVI and XVII, other GATS provisions did apply to government procurement. Since some progress had already been made in the discussions for a work programme on emergency safeguard measures, it might not necessarily be helpful to pursue one single work programme for the three issues. Date of the Next Meeting
The Chairperson indicated that the next formal meeting of the Working Party was expected to take place during the week of 15 July The definitive date would be communicated in due time. __________
This document has been prepared under the Secretariat's own responsibility and without prejudice to the positions of Members and to their rights and obligations under the WTO.
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26 June 2002 (02-3540) Working Party on GATS Rules
REPORT OF THE MEETING OF 3 JUNE 2002
Note by the Secretariat
Mr. Hugo Cayrus, from Uruguay, opened the thirty-seventh meeting of the Working Party on GATS Rules. The agenda for the meeting was contained in WTO/AIR/1803. It consisted of six items: appointment of a new chairperson; negotiations on safeguards under GATS Article X; negotiations on subsidies under GATS Article XV; negotiations on government procurement under GATS Article XIII; date of the next meeting; and other business. He drew attention to the Annotated Agenda (JOB(02)/43, 24 May 2002) that had been prepared by the Chairperson designate, Mr. Thomas Chan, to assist delegations in their preparation for the meeting.
The representative of Thailand, speaking on behalf of the ASEAN Members, referred to the extension of the deadline for negotiations on emer