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Multilateral Work

When the Commission is carrying out trade negotiations at a multilateral level, the Internal Market and Services Directorate General is always associated in its areas of competence. This is the case for work in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and particularly in the so called DOHA-Development Round. The DOHA process covers several areas relevant to the Internal Market and Services Directorate General, such as negotiations on services under the GATS Agreement (General Agreement on Trade in Services) where our aim is to ensure that Community interests in our respective policy areas (financial services, postal services, professional services, etc.) are adequately represented and that solutions found are coherent with existing Internal Market legislation. The Internal Market and Services Directorate General also follows closely work on and trade related intellectual property issues under the TRIPS Agreement (for instance better protection of geographical indications (GIs) or the issue of access to medicine/public health).

The Internal Market and Services Directorate General is directly responsible for other international negotiations, notably those regarding intellectual property protection within WIPO as well as procurement issues under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), including the present review of the agreement. Outside the WTO, the Internal Market and Services Directorate General is also responsible for issues relating to capital adequacy in the context of Basel II.

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