Implementation of 27 international conventions only criteria for GSP Plus; says EU

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 18:30

The European Union reiterates that the ratification and implementation of 27 international conventions signed by a succession of Sri Lankan governments, are the only criteria on which the Government of Sri Lanka's application to rejoin the GSP+ is assessed.

These conventions relate to international human rights, labour rights, environmental standards and good governance.

Benefitting from GSP+ requires the government to undertake to make further progress in implementing the conventions and to cooperate with the EU to monitor implementation and address shortcomings.

The European Union in a communiqué stated that it supports the leadership shown by this government in committing to address long-standing problems that have caused conflict and negatively affected the lives and living standards of all Sri Lankans.

This includes the undertakings made in the resolution that Sri Lanka co-sponsored at the UN Human Rights Council.

The European Union further states that it is working with the government and civil society organisations to structure their support and engagement to positively contribute to the government's national reconciliation and good governance aims.

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