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decide to recommend that the Council for Trade in Services at its
first meeting adopt the decision set out below.
Council for Trade in Services,
that measures necessary to protect the environment may conflict with
the provisions of the Agreement; and
that since measures necessary to protect the environment typically
have as their objective the protection of human, animal or plant life
or health, it is not clear that there is a need to provide for more
than is contained in paragraph (b) of Article XIV;
In order to determine whether any modification of Article XIV
of the Agreement is required to take account of such measures, to
request the Committee on Trade and Environment to examine and report,
with recommendations if any, on the relationship between services
trade and the environment including the issue of sustainable
Committee shall also examine the relevance of inter-governmental
agreements on the environment and their relationship to the Agreement.
The Committee shall report the results of its work to the first
biennial meeting of the Ministerial Conference after the entry into
force of the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization.
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