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EU GSP+ incentive drives spike in Sri Lankan exports by more than 20%

Image: Fishing boats docked at Negambo habour: Fisheries exports was  doubled in the first year since the removal of the fish ban and granting...

Sri Lanka: Progress slower; but the foundations for the progress now in place – EU delegation

Image: EU MEPs holding a press conference in Colombo. Issuing a statement on behalf of the visiting European Parliamentary Delegation for Relations with the Countries...

GSP-Plus: An Elixir or Just Palliation for Sri Lanka’s Export Woes?

IPS/ Sri Lankan exports, which have been flagging in recent times, gained some much needed relief with the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council deciding...

GSP plus: A vote of confidence to the Sri Lankan Government – EU

Image: Free Trade Zone workers in Sri Lanka: Will GSP plus benefits reach them? Issuing a press release on providing GSP plus trade concessions to...

The menacing promise of the CTA, gift -wrapped for the future

Image: Resistance to repression in Venezuela. Only the naïve would believe the rosily repeated plea by the European Union (EU) that ‘the implementation of twenty seven...

EU reaffirms the reinstatement of GSP plus to Sri Lanka.

Image: Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue. European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka  Tung-Lai Margue's  has reaffirmed the reinstatement of GSP Plus to Sri Lanka in his message for Europe Day. The excerpt of...

Skullduggery, secrecy and the counter-terror draft act – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

In the chaotic merry-go-round characterizing the drafting of Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA), the periodic surfacing of one version followed by another has...

Sri Lanka’s New anti-terrorism law undermines RTI

Image: Right to Information includes covering conflict situations. By Namini Wijedasa. The word ‘Espionage’ dropped, but originally listed offences reintroduced. The Counter Terrorism Act policy framework approved...

GSP+ and Sri Lanka; Benefits and callengers

DRI. The Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) of the European Union (EU) is a trade arrangement that allows developing countries to pay less or no...

EU parliament votes to grant GSP+ to Sri Lanka; Final division in two weeks.

The resolution submitted by a group of Members of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left saying that the GSP+ should not be granted to...

Resolution submitted to European Parliament against granting GSP+ to Sri Lanka.

European United Left and Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL ) consisting 52 members (MEPs) have submitted a resolution to the European Parliament rquesting not to grant...

Sri Lanka: GSP plus benifits should be shared with workers – EU delegation

Image: Anne-Marie Mineur and Lola Sánchez Caldentey meeting with local TU leaders; Credit www.guengl.eu. Issuing a statement the Fact Finding Mission including Members of the...

Replace PTA & CCPA before mid-May or loose GSP+: EU tells Sri Lanka.

Image: European parliament in session. In a letter addressed to PM Wickremasinghe European Parliament has put forward two specific conditions if Sri Lanka wants to...

EU Sets Conditions re PTA, HR & Devolution For Sri Lanka to Regain GSP Plus Privilage

Image: From left: European Delegation in Sri Lanka and Maldives Political, Trade and Communications Counsellor Paul Godfrey, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives...

EU’s Main Focus on War Probe: ‘Credibility of Process is Key’

(European Union Charge d’Affaires and Head, Political, Trade and Communications, Paul Godfrey) The European Union (EU) will to call for a foreign judicial role, only...

GSP Plus: Lanka Has a Long Way to Go, 27 Conventions

The GSP Plus facility granted by the European Union is — by its very nature — a highly conditional duty free concession. To argue...

Sri Lanka: EU Proposes 58 Human Rights Conditions To Resume GSP Plus

Human Rights Action Plan etc. called for; talks in Brussels next week. In its haste to regain the GSP Plus facility, the Ministry of Foreign...

GSP Plus Requires Sri Lanka’s Sustained Progress on Human Rights

By David Daly. The EU is based on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights and it strives to respect the...

European Union  to Restore GSP Plus Facility Before December – Govt.

*Responds positively to Sri Lanka’s re-application; *Removal of ban on fish exports also expected. The government expects the European Union to restore the GSP Plus facility which...

Sri Lanka Begins Process to Get GSP

The EU and Sri Lanka have begun the formal process that may lead to the re-admission of Sri Lanka to the status of GSP+...

So now we know the truth about eu gsp plus

This week, the Government of Sri Lanka admitted for the first time, the financial losses that the country has been subjected to as a...

Implement LLRC proposals- urge garment exporters: Sri Lanka should reapply for GSP Plus concessions

Sri Lanka’s apparel industry, struggling against an economic crisis that has hit its main buyer – Europe -, is urging the government to implement...

Sri Lanka’s garment industry feels GSP+ loss

 Dilshani Samaraweera Sri Lanka's apparel exports are suffering from the loss of the EU's GSP+ schemeTwo years after it was formally removed from the...
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