GSP Reform Platform recommendations to EU Trade Commissioner Malmström

Ms Cecilia Malmström

Dear Commissioner Malmström,

It is with great interest that we have been following the mid-term Evaluation of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). With this letter we wish to bring to your attention a set of recommendations for the improvement of the GSP (attached, and full copy provided below). At the same time, we are keen to contribute to an enhanced and strengthened GSP system that brings us closer to the aspirations set out in your Communication, Trade for all - Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy.

Civil Society can play a powerful and constructive role in a more effective implementation of the Conventions. It is therefore crucial to strengthen their participation in the implementation and monitoring of the GSP schemes.

Therefore, we call upon the European Union to amend the GSP Regulation to align it with the goals set out by EU treaties and policies. It would contribute to making the Regulation more impactful and enable it to achieve its full potential. Some of the required amendments are adaptations of aspects that are already working well in other trade policies and others are new.

We look forward to receiving your response on the proposed recommendations and look to discuss them with you in person or with your staff.


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