European Commission proposes restoring GSP to Sri Lanka

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By admin January 11, 2017 16:51

The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country’s commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance.

These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries.

These preferences would come under a special arrangement of the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences, known as GSP+. This arrangement is designed to support developing countries by fostering their economic development through increased trade with Europe and providing incentives to take tangible measures towards sustainable development.

The European Parliament and the Council have now up to four months to raise potential objections before the measures become effective.

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “GSP+ preferences can make a significant contribution to Sri Lanka’s economic development by increasing exports to the EU market. But this also reflects the way in which we want to support Sri Lanka in implementing human rights, rule of law and good governance reforms. I am confident of seeing timely and substantial further progress in these areas and the GSP+ dialogue and monitoring features will support this reform process. This should include making Sri Lankan counter-terrorism legislation fully compatible with international human rights conventions.”

Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory. Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for further progress towards the full implementation of those conventions, and provides a platform for engagement with beneficiaries on all problematic areas.

As is the case for all GSP+ countries, the removal of customs duties for Sri Lanka would be accompanied with rigorous monitoring of the country’s progress in the area of sustainable development, human rights and good governance. (Colombo Gazette)

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By admin January 11, 2017 16:51
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  1. N.Wimaladasa January 13, 12:02

    EU moved is that good, but we denied conditions of EU that will destroy ours national sovereignty by unwanted conditions from EU leaders.

    We are not supposed to sell of Economic sovereignty to EU what ever the cost we have to pay.

    EU economic development in the path is decaling day basis due to the since 2008 Wall Street collapses of Stock Market. No way of Economic revival or recovers at near future of major EU countries.

    We accepts GSP plus without conditions by EU countries.

    We want Our nation dignity must be respects by EU nations.

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