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GSP+: Euro Parliament members to visit SL

28 October 2016 08:31 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A four-member delegation from the European Parliament will be in Sri Lanka from October 31 to November 3 to check out the ground situation as a precursor for a successful GSP+ application, the Office of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said.

The delegation will be arriving in Sri Lanka in the wake of the visit undertaken by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Brussels in Belgium.

He met the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss matters including Sri Lanka's efforts to regain the GSP plus facility among other key issues.

In a statement, the EU delegation in Sri Lanka said the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) would focus on the progress made on national reconciliation and explore methods of exploring how best to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically.

The delegation will be led by Jean Lambert (Britain), Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Countries of South Asia, and include Sajjad Karim (Britain), Thomas Mann (Germany) and Ulrike Müller (Germany).

The team is scheduled to visit Colombo, Trincomalee and Batticaloa to meet government, local government, parliamentary and civil society representatives.

The MEPs will also visit European Union-supported projects in Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

The statement said the EU has nearly doubled its development assistance to Sri Lanka up to 2020 to €210 million (approximately Rs.34 billion), financing projects on the non-recurrence of conflict, as well as trade development and reducing poverty in Sri Lanka's poorest estate and rural areas.

The EU will also provide support under the Government's Peace-building Priority Plan. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 7

  • Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 29 October 2016 07:11 AM

    What a lot of strings attached; is it really worth, and what about the dignity and sovereignty of the country?

    Selvyn Saturday, 29 October 2016 09:49 AM

    PMs efforts must bear fruits to gain what we desperately need for our economic development via DM Android App

    gobbaya Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:12 AM

    hahaha the due diligence is just starting and our PM was bragging about already secured GSP via DM Android App

    Jude Saturday, 29 October 2016 10:27 AM

    EU have absolutely No issues dealing with China!!! Because EU and SL trade only few million dollars!!!?? However, EU and China bilateral trade is over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS a year for the last couple of years!!! So you do the Math!!?? Bigger the stake, will keep blind eye for so called RIGHTS !!?

    Shelly. Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:18 PM

    If we can express concerns regarding our dignity and soverinty in English we also can work together with Uropeons too. The frog in the well mentality should be thrown out which action will not cost us a cent. via DM Android App

    Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 29 October 2016 05:47 PM

    True,true. But what is the point you are trying to make?

    rosebud Saturday, 29 October 2016 07:07 PM

    EU UN UNHRC etc. this is quite an industry Jobs for the boys And what happens to the taxpayers via DM Android App

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