Sri Lanka not given conditions for GSP renewal, says EU

May 07, 2010 (LBO) – The European Union office in Sri Lanka said the EU had not given the island’s government a ‘list of conditions’ to meet to renew a trade deal nor was it dependant on ‘any single measure’. The EU office said in a statement a government delegation will visit EU headquarters in Brussels during May 20-21 for talks on renewing the GSP Plus trade deal that gives Sri Lankan exporters duty free access to European markets.

The EU has decided to withdraw the GSP deal in August saying Sri Lanka had not complied with the eligibility criteria, such as implementing international human rights conventions, a charge Sri Lanka’s government has rejected.

The EU concerns on human rights were highlighted in a report on Sri Lanka’s eligibility for GSP Plus in October 2009.

“The discussions foreseen in Brussels will address issues highlighted in the European Commission’s final report on Sri Lanka’s eligibility for GSP Plus issued in October 2009,” the EU office statement said.

“The Delegation of the European Union would like to underline that no list of conditions has been communicated to the government,” the statement said.

“The Delegation emphasises that any review of the European Co