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Parliamentary questions
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19 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000901-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Maria Arena (S&D)

 Subject:  Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) and malnutrition in Pakistan
 Answer in writing 

In Pakistan, 60% of the population is food-insecure. 37.26 million Pakistani citizens are malnourished because food is either not available or not accessible. Food production is not sustainable and it is the poorest who are suffering the most.

As a recipient of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) trade programme, Pakistan retains billions of euros thanks to zero duties.

1. What dialogue, in relation to Pakistan’s access to GSP+, is the European Union holding to ensure that access to food is a basic human right?

2. What action is the Commission taking to ensure that Pakistan complies with its obligation to implement the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)?

3. What monitoring activities is the EU undertaking in connection with the continual reports of discrimination against people from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baloch people by the Pakistani Government?

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