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NEWS RELEASE 98-069; SEPTEMBER 28, 1998 September 28, 1998
News Release 98-069
Inv. No. 332-385

COMMITMENTS SUBMITTED BY TRADING PARTNERS OF EASTERN EUROPE, THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE AREA AND TURKEY UNDER THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TRADE IN SERVICES ESTABLISH A FOUNDATION FOR PROGRESSIVE LIBERALIZATION

Commitments made by the trading partners of Eastern Europe, the European Free Trade Area and Turkey under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) lay an effective foundation from which to achieve progressive liberalization of international trade and investment in service industries, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its publication General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS): Examination of the Schedules of Commitments Submitted by Trading Partners of Eastern Europe, the European Free Trade Area, and Turkey.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently concluded the investigation for the U.S. Trade Representative. The report examines GATS commitments scheduled by Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Turkey. Highlights of the report follow.

The foregoing information is from the USITC report General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS): Examination of the Schedules of Commitments Submitted by Trading Partners of Eastern Europe, the European Free Trade Area, and Turkey (Investigation No. 332-385, USITC Publication 3127, September 1998). The report will be available on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy of the report may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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