Why free trade in services matter to manufacturing

ECIPE-BUSINESSEUROPE-ESF Workshop on Servicification - 25 April 2013 - opening


The competitiveness of EU manufacturing is increasingly dependent on services. Logistics, maintenance, consulting, financing and data processing are integral part of any competitive offering in technology, machinery, processing and consumer businesses. Services have transformed the way goods are traded while digitalisation has turned many goods into services – a concept we call servicification.

Admittedly, free trade in services has been difficult to achieve. However, the most recent FTA negotiations start to change that picture, and furthermore this year has highlighted several new opportunities, in particular the negotiations for the FTAs with US and Japan, or the plurilateral negotiations on TISA (Trade in Services Agreement, formerly known as the ISA).

Business Europe, ECIPE and the European Services Forum (ESF) have the pleasure to invite you to a workshop on servicification, or why services trade matters to EU manufacturing.

– How does the market access for goods depend on openness on services?
– What are the policy implications of servicification, and which services barriers should be in focus?
– What could the new major FTAs deliver for EU manufacturing, especially in terms of services liberalisation?


Adrian van den Hoven, Deputy Director General, BusinessEurope

Emilie Aner & Magnus Rentzhog, The Swedish National Board of Trade – Power Point Presentation

Michael DiPaula-Coyle, IBM – Power Point Presentation

Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum – Power Point Presentation

The meeting is chaired by Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of ECIPE – Power Point Presentation

List of Participants




Date: April 25th
Time: 12.00 to 14.30
Venue: Business Europe, Room Adenauer (Ground Floor), Avenue de Cortenbergh 168, 1000 Brussels