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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006143-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lola Sánchez Caldentey (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  The EU's commitment to human rights in its trade policy
 Answer in writing 

The EU demands that key human rights conventions should be met before striking trade deals with new, non-EU countries. This is the case for the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and GSP+ schemes, for instance, which Pakistan is part of. In addition, the EU is maintaining its trading relationships with Saudi Arabia and China.

Despite the expectation that key human rights should be met in trade agreements, the EU retains strong trade relationships with regimes that practise widespread and well-documented human rights violations.

— How closely are these constant violations being monitored by the Commission? — What is the Commission doing to ensure that the above countries are working to meet key human rights conventions? — At what point will the Commission consider withdrawing trade benefits from countries that clearly violate these conventions?

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