Delegation of the European Union to Botswana and SADC

DEADLINE EXTENDED: public consultation on the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences

03/06/2020 - 11:14
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Businesses, NGOs, government agencies, international organisations, researchers, academics and other stakeholders are currently called to have their say in a possible review of the legal framework governing the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).

The consultation period of the online public consultation on the GSP Regulation has been extended by additional six weeks until 15 July 2020.

The EU’s General Scheme of Preferences (GSP) removes import duties from products coming into the EU market from vulnerable developing countries. Myanmar benefits from the GSP under the “Everything But Arms (EBA)” arrangement for least developed countries which grants unilateral duty free, quota free access for all exports, except arms and ammunition to the EU. This has helped create thousands of jobs in different sectors, including Myanmar’s booming garment industry where more than 700,000 – predominantly young female – workers from across the country found new jobs and a stable income to sustain their families.

Businesses, NGOs, government agencies, international organisations, researchers, academics and other stakeholders are currently called to have their say in a possible review of the legal framework governing the GSP. An evaluation published in late 2018 concluded that the current GSP framework is effective and it is delivering on its objectives. The evaluation also found areas for improvement, including the GSP’s contribution to export diversification, sustainable development and the protection of the EU’s economic and financial interests.

The purpose of the present consultation is to gather input to the European Commission's work on preparing a future proposal to the Council and Parliament for a regulation to replace the current GSP Regulation upon its expiry at the end of December 2023.

Who can participate in the public consultation on the GSP?

a) The business sector in the EU and in non-EU countries, including business associations and employers' organisations, companies, SMEs, national and European chambers of commerce – including sector based organisations;

b) NGOs (including environmental NGOs), profit and non-profit organisations, trade unions; consumer organisations;

c) Governmental agencies, ministries, regional authorities and international organisations;

d) Think-tanks, universities, research institutes, consultancies, academia, law firms, which have an interest in the possible review of the legal framework governing the EU GSP;

e) Citizens.

How can you participate?

Respond online to the questionnaire available here.

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