EU High Representative and Ranil discuss GSP+ application

img_9133The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today and discussed several matters including Sri Lanka’s GSP+ application.

The High Representative congratulated the Sri Lankan authorities for their achievements over the past 21 months and reaffirmed the European Union’s continued support to the Sri Lankan government and its reform agenda, which is committed to improving governance, to fighting against corruption, to strengthening economic growth, and to protecting human rights, for the benefit of all Sri Lankans.

The HR/VP and the Prime Minister discussed the process of national reconciliation in the country, highlighting the importance of addressing the underlying causes of the conflict and beginning a process of healing. They also discussed the implementation of last year’s UN Human Rights Council Resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan government. The steps taken so far send a clear signal that the Sri Lankan government is committed to move towards genuine reconciliation and accountability: processes which the European Union will continue to support.

The European Union has nearly doubled its development assistance to Sri Lanka to €210 million (approximately 34 billion Sri Lankan Rupees) for the years up to 2020 compared to the previous period (2007-2013). The EU will finance projects across a wide range of areas, including in support of the government’s reconciliation priorities under the Peacebuilding Priority Plan, the resettlement of Internally Displaced People, assisting transitional justice and building local government capacity, as well as supporting development in Sri Lanka’s poorest areas.

Progress has been made across a number of areas in bilateral EU-Sri Lanka relations, including the resumption of Sri Lankan fish exports to the EU in June this year.

The HR/VP welcomed Sri Lanka’s GSP+ application, which would give the country preferential access to the European Union’s market.

The High Representative informed the Prime Minister of the state of play in the ongoing, technical application assessment, while the Prime Minister committed to making additional efforts to implement Sri Lanka’s international human rights, labour and environmental commitments, so as to give the highest possible chance for a successful application. Regional issues in South-Asia were also discussed during the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. EU is economically been rapidly declined since 2008 ,,while the financial crisis has been effects by the the Wall street collapsed of huge stock market in US.

    The major EU countries has not recover since then. There is no way that EU- Economy will be revival near future.

    UNP- Ranil W.. Old Leader of running on myth of GSP plus that illusion been advocated by UNP leaders. Indeed that EU nations has no way to granted GSP -plus to Sri Lankan .

    Why is that ? It is almost all EU countries are economic uncertainties and slow growth created that chaos has done large damages to EU economy since 2008.

    EU is not position to bail out Our Economic crisis at any cost presently.

    The nations EU countries debts are 300% percent of their GDP .
    Rate of GDP growth less than 2% percent .
    Unemployment goes 20% to 25 %. in developed countries.
    Majority Banks are edge of collapse.
    Even Germany govt. bonds are not moving .
    The countries of Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austrian, France budget having vast deficits which that huge debt are unable bailout by IMF & WB.

    Most of Eastern Europe no where growth of Economy hence Poor in poorest in Europe.

    The largest Bank of Germany is that Dutch Bank liquidity and bank assets has gone down to $ 76 Trillion to $46 trillions, Presently Dutch Bank give up only up to US $ 10 Billion dollars .

    How can they give GSP plus to Sri lanka?
    This is not practical for EU nations.

    Ranil w.. can apple to EU nations. But they are unable meets his need ,which keep his promised by UNP election campaign 2015 January 9th 2015 August 17th.

    Hope Rani W..of UNP will NOT fair to be misled majority masses of voters of Democratic country!.

  2. Ranil.W of Primer of UNP Old leader that met non-Executive members of EU. They are not politicians by may be elected even though they no power of authority of decision makers .

    This meeting are good for Officials only, not that Primer presence if no need.
    Waste of Public money that Sri Lankan under sever Economic crisis.
    Stop wasting public funds by flying out and flying in time to time by Primer?

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