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Public consultation on the mid-term evaluation of the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

  • Policy field: TRADE
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 09/06/2017

Objective of the consultation

The purpose of this online public consultation is to collect information, views and opinions on the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and relevance of the EU's GSP Regulation. It will further provide stakeholders with the opportunity to give feedback on the scheme’s economic, social, environmental and human rights impact.

The consultation and the related evaluation are being conducted by Development Solutions. For more information about the evaluation project, please consult the evaluation website.

The consultation will be open for 12 weeks.

Context of the consultation

The GSP is a preferential tariff scheme that offers developing countries (the beneficiary countries) reduced or suspended tariffs on their exports to the EU. The scheme aims to contribute to the economic growth of developing countries by granting them preferential access to the EU market. The current scheme offers the following arrangements:

  • A general arrangement (Standard GSP), which grants tariff reductions to low and lower-middle income countries;
  • A Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (GSP+) aimed at supporting economically vulnerable beneficiary countries in their responsibilities concerning sustainable development and good governance by granting tariff suspensions; and
  • A special Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which grants tariff and quota suspensions for all products except arms and ammunition.

Regulation (EU) No. 978/2012 on a scheme of generalised tariff preferences (the GSP Regulation) forms the legal framework for the current scheme. The Regulation introduced a number of reforms as of 1 January 2014 so as to better focus on countries most in need. Furthermore, it aims to reflect the European Commission’s commitments to increasing coherence between different policies, and to better safeguarding the EU’s financial and economic interests. The reforms include changes to the scheme’s eligibility criteria, product coverage, graduation mechanism, safeguard mechanism, temporary withdrawal measures and the GSP+ arrangement.

The mid-term evaluation of the GSP is therefore intended to provide an evidence-based report which assesses the implementation and performance of Regulation (EU) No. 978/2012 since its entry into force.

The online public consultation is one of multiple consultation activities carried out for the project to support the data analysis and literature review on the application of the GSP Regulation, and will allow the project team to reach out to a large number of stakeholders.

For more information, please consult the evaluation website.