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The following mail was recieved by me, it's a dutch action against GATS. The sites that are mentioned could be of interest for you.<br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Joint Press Release<br><br><br><br>
Open House Ministry of Ecomic Affairs<br><br>
Organisations demand negotiations moratorium<br><br><br><br>
Amsterdam, 10 March 2003 ---Friends of the Earth Netherlands, XminY,<br><br>
LSVb (student union), WISE, Wemos, ABVAKABO (trade union) and the<br><br>
Werkgroep Globalisering Delft/Den Haag are organising an 'Open House'<br><br>
at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on Thursday, March 13th<br><br>
from 3 to 5 p.m. The organisations are very concerned about the<br><br>
General Agreement of Trades in Services (GATS). The purpose of the<br><br>
Open House is to find out from Secretary Wijn and his civil servants,<br><br>
which services the Dutch Cabinet will offer to liberalise on March<br><br>
31st in the context of WTO negotiations.<br><br><br><br>
GATS negotiations are taking place behind closed doors. The Dutch<br><br>
Parliament also receives insufficient information and has almost<br><br>
nothing to say on the subject. However, these negotiations are about<br><br>
the government offering to open up the market in important sectors<br><br>
such as energy, water, waste disposal, public transport, education,<br><br>
arts and health care. The organisations are therefore demanding that<br><br>
the GATS negotiations be postponed for a year. The Dutch government<br><br>
should use that period to take part in a public debate about<br><br>
liberalisation of services.<br><br><br><br>
The purpose of the GATS is to remove trade barriers. In practice this<br><br>
means national governments are left few possibilities to regulate and<br><br>
protect public interests such as the environment and the right to<br><br>
access. Once a sector has been opened up in the context of the WTO,<br><br>
there is almost nothing that can be done to turn things back. The<br><br>
liberalisation of services also has serious consequences for<br><br>
developing countries.<br><br><br><br>
What: Open House Ministry of Economic Affairs<br><br>
Where: Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague<br><br>
When: Thursday, 13 March, 3-5 p.m.<br><br><br><br>
Join our parade? The organisations will gather at The Hague Central<br><br>
Station at 2.30 p.m. and walk in a demonstration to the Ministry of<br><br>
Economic Affairs building.<br><br>
Actions against the GATS will also be taking place in other European<br><br>
countries on March 13.<br><br><br><br>
More information:<br><br><a href="http:" target="_blank">,</a> <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br></span>
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