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Monday, 11 June 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Scheme of generalised tariff preferences (debate)

  John Stuart Agnew, on behalf of the EFD Group. – Mr President, you will be pleased to know that I will probably not speak for two minutes, so you will save some time for a change.

The EU GSP+ scheme allows preferential access to third countries but, in order to qualify for this, a country must sign and ratify 27 international treaties, some of which have far-reaching domestic consequences and some of which do not even have an exit clause. This could be described as colonialism by another name. Perversely, many EU states themselves have not even signed the treaties or agreements that they are insisting these lesser developed countries must sign.

The agreements have been attacked as being illegal under both UN and WTO law. Furthermore, some countries are so fed up with EU meddling that they are increasingly looking to autocratic China as a preferred trading partner instead. Because China does not make these political or legal demands on other trading partners, it is likely to pick this trade up for itself. I am worried about this, I am worried about the upcoming Mercosur Agreement, and I do wish the EU would stop meddling.

Rättsligt meddelande - Integritetspolicy