11 Mar 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 11 MARCHBrussels Daily
Council of the EU decides to publish mandate for Trade in Services Agreement
The European Commission welcomes the decision by the Council of the EU to make public the directives for the negotiations for a plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA. This decision follows a letter sent by Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on 29 January 2015, asking the Latvian Presidency for its publication. Commenting on today’s decision Commissioner Malmström said: “I am glad that EU governments have agreed my proposal to make the TiSA negotiating mandate public. This is yet another step in our commitment to improve transparency in EU trade negotiations. Citizens will be able to see for themselves that in the TiSA negotiations the EU protects public services, preserves the right to regulate at all levels of government and ensures that we can maintain the highest standard”. The Trade in Services Agreement is a trade agreement currently being negotiated by 24 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the EU. Together, these countries account for 70% of world trade in services. Read the press release.
Energy Union: Commissioner Arias Cañete in London for energy and climate talks with UK citizens and authorities
Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will travel to London on 12-13 March. Commissioner Arias Cañete will give a keynote speech at the 7th Citizens Energy Forum which aims at exploring consumers’ perspectives and their role in a competitive and fair energy retail market. The Commission’s Energy Union Strategy was adopted on 25 February, and it has been designed with citizens at its core, where citizens take ownership of the energy transition, benefit from new technologies to reduce their bills, participate actively in the market, and where vulnerable consumers are protected. In his keynote, the Commissioner will speak for the first time in detail about the consumer-focused measures the Commission will propose as part of the Energy Union, including policies to reduce the cost of energy. The Commissioner will also meet with Secretary of State Ed Davey and the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. The focus of these discussions will be the Energy Union, and its importance for the UK, and international climate negotiations ahead of Paris. Join the debate on Twitter by using the official hashtag #En4Cit.