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Parliamentary questions
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2 July 2018
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002611/2018

Sri Lanka was granted the Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) in May 2017. As a GSP+ beneficiary, Sri Lanka is subject to the GSP+ monitoring process. In this respect, Sri Lanka was included in the Commission and European External Action Service biennial report on GSP implementation.

This report assesses that Sri Lanka has overall made some progress in implementing the 27 international conventions. However, on certain issues the report expresses serious concerns that sufficient progress has not been made, including the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

The EU has in its engagement with Sri Lanka regularly and firmly called for the need to repeal the PTA and, if needed, replace it with legislation that is fully in line with international human rights law. This was done during the EU-Sri Lanka Joint Commission meeting on 18 January 2018 and during the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights on 5 June 2018.

Sri Lanka has assured the EU of its continued commitment to repeal the PTA and that there are no longer any detainees remaining in custody under the PTA, and that a moratorium on arrests under the PTA is in place.

The so called ‘scorecards’ used in GSP+ monitoring do not contain a system of points. Instead they contain salient shortcomings, identified primarily through the Treaty Body reports of the United Nations, in implementing the 27 international conventions. GSP+ beneficiaries are expected to explain what concrete actions are being taken to address these shortcomings.

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