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Parliamentary questions
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13 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002768-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE)

 Subject:  Free trade agreement with the Maldives
 Answer in writing 

Relations between the EU and the Maldives have become closer in recent years. In 2015, a political dialogue was launched which prioritised the democratisation of the Maldives, judicial reform, elections and human rights. Given the ongoing internal political developments in the Maldives, in particular the overthrow of the authoritarian regime of President Yameen, the country has made enormous strides towards democracy. EU support for the opposition in its fight against the former authoritarian regime was instrumental in its success, so relations should have continued to flourish.

Another step should have been the negotiations on a free trade agreement in several key areas. Although the volume of trade is not high, the Maldives could offer the EU articles for export that would prove very attractive to the European market.

In this connection, could the Commission say whether it is planning to launch a free trade agreement with the Maldives?

Is the Commission considering exempting the import of tuna from customs duties?

Original language of question: CS 
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