EU team to visit Sri Lanka next year to assess GSP plus compliance

A team from the European Union is to visit Sri Lanka next year to evaluate Sri Lanka’s compliance with the EU GSP+ conditions, European Commission sources told Colombo Gazette.

As a beneficiary of the EU GSP+ trade benefits, Sri Lanka has committed to uphold and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human and labour rights, environmental protection and good governance.

The European Commission said that the EU is in continuous dialogue with the authorities of all countries benefitting from GSP+ to ensure compliance with the GSP+ criteria, including through regular missions.

The most recent EU assessment of Sri Lanka compliance with its GSP+ obligations has been published in the second report of the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council early January 2018.

A mission is scheduled for next year to conduct the next assessment exercise. (Colombo Gazette)

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