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International action in the field of architecture
The European Union deals with architecture as part of its external relations policy, whether in its trade relations or under cooperation agreements with non-member countries.
The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which was drawn up under the aegis of the World Trade Organisation, lays down rules concerning international trade in services. In particular, it gives service providers - such as architects - the information they need if they want to do business abroad. These conditions are currently under discussion within the framework of the new OMC negotiations series.
The Transatlantic Economic Partnership between Europe and the United States has resulted in dialogue on the architecture profession with a view to investigating the possibility of drawing up an agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications.
As part of the EU's cooperative efforts with Latin America and Asia, the URB-AL and ASIA-Urbs programmes encourage towns and regions in the European Union, Latin America and Asia to work together on urban issues such as the urban environment, urban regeneration and the management and control of urbanisation.
|Last update: 03-05-2006|