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3 July 2018
Question for written answer E-003669-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Patricia Lalonde (ALDE) , Catherine Bearder (ALDE) , Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D) , Aleksander Gabelic (S&D) , Jakop Dalunde (Verts/ALE) , Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE) , Judith Sargentini (Verts/ALE) , Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL) , Franck Proust (PPE) , Karoline Graswander-Hainz (S&D) , Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE) , Nessa Childers (S&D) , Nadja Hirsch (ALDE) , António Marinho e Pinto (ALDE) , Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) , Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) , Robert Rochefort (ALDE) , Peter van Dalen (ECR) , José Inácio Faria (PPE)

 Subject:  Introduction of the GSP+ system in Pakistan
 Answer in writing 

On 19 January 2018, the Commission and the EEAS published a report on the effects of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance (GSP+) for the 2016-2017 period, along with country-specific working documents for GSP+ beneficiaries.

Although a number of observers and NGOs reported serious violations in Pakistan of human rights — particularly women’s rights — and of international labour standards, the report makes no mention of them.

1. Can the Commission explain its methodology for identifying human rights violations in GSP+ beneficiary countries, particularly Pakistan? Does it, for example, carry out field visits or engage in dialogue with civil society?

2. How does the Commission plan to respond to these very worrying signs of human rights breaches in Pakistan?

3. In its update to the GSP Regulation, will the Commission include improvements to its monitoring of compliance with the 27 international conventions on human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and good governance?

Original language of question: FR 
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