Trade in Services Agreement
This is a secret April 2015 draft "core text" of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Agreement. TiSA is a treaty currently under negotiation between the United States, the European Union and 23 other countries. The Agreement creates an international legal regime which aims to deregulate and privatize the supply of services - which account for the majority of the economy across TiSA countries. The core text contains the most general provisional language agreed by the Parties, establishing the overall legal architecture of TiSA. Specialist areas, such as maritime transport services, or electronic commerce, are dealt with in "Annexes", which are negotiated alongside the core text. WikiLeaks has previously published a large number of secret TiSA Annexes. WikiLeaks' publication of the present core text for the first time gives the public a picture of the scale and scope of TiSA, and illustrates the overarching legal framework for previously published Annexes. The draft core text dates from April 2015, shortly after the 12th round of TiSA negotiations held from 13-17 April 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.