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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2015
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-012905/2015

1. In general, a clause on the right to regulate is a declaration of an important value to all parties to the negotiations and will help a potential dispute settelement panel in interpreting the substantive provisions of an agreement. From the Commission's point of view, it is the content of such clause that is of importance to assess its legal value, whilst its location would be rather a matter of political consideration.

2. With regard to the incorporation of a necessity test in the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), TiSA Parties have significantly different views, with some Parties advocating a necessity test and others opposing it, and are therefore currently seeking to find a compromise text that is acceptable for all. For the Commission, it is important that TiSA contains a set of clear horizontal provisions that make sure that licencing and authorisation systems are not used as an obstacle to trade in services.

3. At the same time, the Commission will not agree to any test that restricts the autonomy of the EU, and its Member States and their authorities, to adopt domestic regulations in a non-discriminatory fashion.

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