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GSP: Hautala report calls for streamlined benefit withdrawal procedures

The European Parliament’s rapporteur on the European Commission’s revision of its Generalised Scheme of Preferences is proposing a one-year ‘enhanced engagement’ process for the EU to engage with a beneficiary country which is at risk of having its preferential tariffs withdrawn. In her report amending the proposal, Finnish Green MEP Heidi …

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Lange: Nobody would accept a WTO that does not deliver a response to the pandemic

Iana Dreyer and Robert Francis talked to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee Chair Bernd Lange on what’s next for transatlantic relations and for the World Trade Organisation. He also shared views on the EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism and Generalised System of Preferences. We are now several months into …

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EU GSP review ramps up environmental, labour right pressure on beneficiary countries

The European Commission today published its proposal to review the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences for the period 2024-2034. The EU executive recommends expanding the list of conventions that GSP+ countries need to ratify from 27 to 32, accelerating the preference withdrawal process in case of non compliance, and revising …

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EU edging closer to granting Uzbekistan GSP Plus trade status

It’s been a long journey for Uzbekistan. The Central Asian country remains one of the world’s most closed and politically repressive countries, but it embarked on a new journey in 2016 after the passing away of Islam Karimov, a particularly cruel dictator. The five-year reform process might lead the country …

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Week in Brussels: Pharma reshoring, textiles and GSP, Moldova meat

With input from Sarah Anne Aarup. This week we saw an EU-China summit deliver some progress on the lengthy path towards a bilateral investment agreement. It also revealed that rules-based international trade is Chefsache in the Commission, with president von der Leyen dwelling extensively on the matter in her State …

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Cambodia’s garment manufacturers sue EU over preference withdrawal

This summer, the European Commission withdrew trade preferences granted to Cambodia. Cambodia benefited from duty-free-quota free trade under the EU’s Everything-But-Arms aimed at the world’s poorest countries. The partial withdrawal affects one fifth of the the South East Asian country’s garment and shoes exports. Despite calls this summer to take …