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Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Brussels, 12 July 2017

Civil Society Dialogue on GSP+ jointly organised by the Commission and the EEAS

In view of the next report on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) would like to have an exchange of views with civil society on the application of the scheme, in particular of the GSP Plus (GSP+) arrangement.

Discussions will include the implementation of the conventions of the GSP+ scheme by GSP+ beneficiaries Armenia, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines and Sri Lanka*.

Your views will provide valuable input for the second biennial GSP report**, which is due by the end of this year. In the monitoring and assessment of GSP+ countries, civil society plays a crucial role in providing information. Civil society is also a force for change in the countries themselves through advocating and supporting a continuous and sustained improvement in the implementation of the relevant conventions.


Background

EU's trade policy contributes to the EU’s objective of eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development and good governance in developing countries. The GSP+ scheme is an important instrument for achieving this as it grants full removal of tariffs on over 66% of EU tariff lines in return for the ratification of 27 core international conventions – including the United Nations (UN) conventions on human rights and the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on labour rights – and cooperation in monitoring of their implementation.


Practical information

  • When: Wednesday 12 July 2017, 9.30 - 18.00 (CET)
  • Where: Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), Room 2A, Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels
  • Register: Is closed.


Documents published after the meeting



*    During (at least part of) the reporting period 2016 – 2017, these countries had GSP+ status
**  The first biennial GSP report was published in 2016 together with a joint Commission-EEAS report on GSP+.