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Parliamentary questions
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8 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001256-19
to the Council
Rule 130
Nicolas Bay (ENF)

 Subject:  Compliance with the Generalised Scheme of Preferences+
 Answer in writing 

Pakistan has repeatedly come under international scrutiny for violations against human rights in general and, in particular, those against women’s rights. Pakistan continues to benefit, however, from the Generalised Scheme of Preferences+ (GSP+) programme, despite its failure to effectively implement the requisite 27 core human rights conventions and its poor commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

1. Can the Council produce a transparent and in-depth report that addresses concerns over the monitoring of the effective implementation of human rights commitments for all nine beneficiary countries of the GSP+ scheme?

2. Can the Council make the beneficiary countries’ eligibility assessments publicly available, in addition to their GSP+ compliance scorecards, since the Commission is reluctant to provide the information to the public?

3. When GSP+ beneficiaries are found to be either violating or ineffectively implementing the 27 core conventions, will the Council push the Commission to re-evaluate their GSP+ status?

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