ETUC calls on Commission to reconsider its position over GATS

(27 June 2005) The ETUC has requested the Commission to reconsider its current negotiating position in GATS and to change its negotiating tactics. The Commission is now pursuing a so-called benchmark approach which would oblige countries including many developing countries to make commitments to open up their services. Another area of concern is that the Commission is considering to introduce a quota system for access to the EU labour market for qualified workers from beyond the EU. For the ETUC press release: EN- FR