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Parliamentary questions
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21 May 2019
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001504/2019

As a beneficiary of the European Union's Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (GSP+), the Philippines is subject to rigorous monitoring of its implementation of the 27 international conventions covered under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Regulation(1).

As part of this engagement, in September 2018 the Commission services and the European External Action Service (EEAS) sent a team of experts to monitor the situation on the ground. The mission included meetings with local government authorities, trade unions, business groups, civil society organisations and international organisations.

During the mission, the experts engaged in discussions on the EU's main concerns regarding human and labour rights. Topics included the war on drugs, a possible reintroduction of the death penalty, shrinking space for civil society, the introduction of a National Action Plan for Human Rights, and new legislation tackling child labour and labour-only contractualisation.

The government announced a number of measures, such as the National Action Plan for Human Rights (introduced in December 2018), and expressed opposition to the proposal to reintroduce the death penalty. Nevertheless, the EU continues to monitor the country’s implementation of the said conventions.

Subsequent to the monitoring mission, a list of follow-up questions was submitted to the Philippines in March 2019. The Commission will communicate the full findings in its next biennial GSP Report by the end of the year.

(1)Regulation (EU) 978/2012, Annex VIII.

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