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Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 10:25
European Union says “Still many areas to be reformed in Sri Lanka”
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The European Union praised the Government of Sri Lanka for the progress made in advancing human rights, labor and environmental standards, but stressed that there were still many areas where reform had yet to be delivered.

A team of senior officials from Brussels have been in the country for the last 10 days on a fact-finding mission.

The mission has focused on the status of the implementation of 27 international conventions of which Sri Lanka is a signatory.

Progressive implementation of the conventions is the condition for continued preferential access to the European Union market - the world's largest and Sri Lanka's biggest export market - under the GSP Plus.

The team had a range of meetings with Government Ministers, civil society, trade unions and international organizations.

Following a constructive meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue said the excellent cooperation by the Government is a reminder of how much the situation has changed in the country over the last two and a half years, including real advances in human rights but there are still important concerns about the lack of concrete progress in key areas.

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