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What is Standard GSP?

Conditions

Monitoring

Expiry

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More information on specific GSP arrangements

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  3. Safeguards
LEGAL TEXTS

Chapter III of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012:

Annex III gives the list of GSP+ countries

Annex VIII outlines all relevant conventions under the GSP+ scheme

Annex IX outlines the list of products included in the GSP+

Article 14 on the GSP Report

Article 15 gives the circumstances where GSP+ preferences can be withdrawn

Delegated Regulation (EU) No 155/2013 on the procedure to grant GSP+

What is GSP+?

The special incentive arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance GSP+ grants full removal of tariffs on over 66% of EU tariff lines.


Conditions

To be eligible for GSP+, the country must lodge an application and fulfill the Standard GSP conditions and the following two additional criteria:

  1. Vulnerability criteria
    • In order to qualify for GSP+, a beneficiary country has to fulfil the vulnerability criteria. This consists of the import share criterion and the diversification criterion.
    • The import share is the three-year average share of GSP-covered imports of the specific beneficiary country, relative to the GSP-covered imports of all GSP countries.  This average has to be lower than 6.5% in order to qualify for GSP+.
    • A country fulfils the diversification criterion if the seven largest sections of the GSP-covered imports represent 75% of total GSP imports by that country over a three-year period.
  2. Sustainable development criteria
    • The country must have ratified the 27 GSP+ relevant international conventions on human- and labour rights, environmental protection and good governance.
    • The applicant must not have formulated reservations which are prohibited by these conventions.
    • The most recent conclusions of the monitoring bodies under those conventions must not identify any serious failure to effectively implement them.

If the applicant meets all criteria, it is added to the list of GSP+ countries through a delegated act.

Monitoring

Once a country is granted GSP+, the EU monitors that the beneficiary country abides by its commitments, namely to:

  • maintain ratification of the international conventions covered by GSP+
  • ensure their effective implementation
  • comply with reporting requirements
  • accept regular monitoring in accordance with the conventions
  • cooperate with the Commission and provide all necessary information

The EU conducts a continuous dialogue on GSP+ compliance with the authorities of the beneficiary countries.

That dialogue is based on a list of issues ('scorecard') drawn up for each GSP+ beneficiary based on information received from the beneficiary countries and international monitoring bodies and from other sources, including civil society, social partners, businesses, the European Parliament and the Council.

The EU organises regular GSP+ monitoring visits to each beneficiary countries to meet all stakeholders. The beneficiaries are expected to demonstrate that they make serious efforts towards tackling the issues set out in the scorecards.

The GSP+ dialogue feeds into the public GSP report, which the Commission must present to the European Parliament and to the Council every two years. The report contains a detailed assessment of each beneficiary's situation under the 27 conventions.

EU-funded projects targeting GSP+ and EBA countries

The European Commission has provided several grants to the International Labour Organisation for 2-year pilot-projects in GSP, GSP+ and EBA beneficiary countries:

Expiry

The GSP+ as established by the current Regulation (978/2012) is valid until 2023.