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16 November 2020
Question for oral answer  O-000071/2020
to the Commission
Rule 136
Dominique Bilde
on behalf of the ID Group
 Subject: EU aid for Pakistan and generalised trade preferences

According to the EU Aid Explorer website, EU financial support (from the institutions and the Member States, including the UK) for Pakistan between 2014 and 2019 amounted to more than EUR 4 billion.

According to the Commission, EUR 603 million was made available for bilateral cooperation with Pakistan for the period between 2014 and 2020.

On trade, the Commission noted that, since 1 January 2014, Pakistan has enjoyed generous tariff preferences (essentially zero duties on two-thirds of all product categories) under the ‘GSP+’ scheme. The Commission also noted that this benefit is theoretically conditional on a number of criteria (governance, human rights, etc.).

It further noted that religious freedom is, however, particularly restricted in the country, and that several people have been sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy. Pakistan’s prime minister was also extremely critical of France in the Charlie Hebdo cartoons case.

On 23 October 2020, it was decided that Pakistan would continue to be on the list of high-risk jurisdictions and kept under surveillance by the Financial Action Task Force, in particular with regard to the financing of terrorism.

1. What steps is the Commission intending to take on Pakistan, specifically with regard to the amount of financial support and, possibly, the withdrawal of generalised trade preferences?

Submitted: 16/11/2020

Lapses: 17/02/2021

Original language of question: FR
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