Civil society dialogue on GSP+, Brussels - Main contents
In view of the next report on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) would like to have an exchange of views with civil society on the application of the scheme, in particular of the GSP Plus (GSP+) arrangement.
Discussions will include the implementation of the conventions of the GSP+ scheme by GSP+ beneficiaries: Armenia, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
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