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By Dianne Silva


The European Union (EU) hopes to initiate high level dialogue with the Sri Lankan government which comes into power following the General Elections next month on working towards retaining the GSP trade plus concessions.

The European Union Ambassador in Sri Lanka Bernard Savage, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that the objective of the EU is to have dialogue with the Sri Lankan government and move towards revising the recommendations of the European Commission which led to the suspension of GSP plus to Sri Lanka.

“Hopefully once the elections are finished we can get to a stage where we can have an amicable dialogue with the relevant authorities so that we can thrash out what can be done for the EU committee to revise its earlier recommendations, in a positive manner,” the Ambassador said.

The suspension takes effect in August this year and the Ambassador said he hoped the dialogue between the EU and Sri Lanka would bear fruit and that Sri Lanka would have the concessions renewed before the suspension took effect.

“Our objective is to see that the suspension will not take affect and to see what can be done to correct the situation before it comes into effect,” he said.

Mr. Savage said the commission voiced a number of concerns with regard to certain conventions, which constitute the eligibility criteria for GSP+ concessions to be granted.

“The suspension will be temporary until those concerns are satisfactorily addressed,” Mr. Savage said. He said the European Council decision to suspend the GSP+ was unanimous and based on the recommendation of the European Commission based in Sri Lanka.
“The matter was discussed on a political level before the Council took a decision and it is always unanimous,” Mr. Savage said.  (Daily Mirror online)
 

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  • Monday, 01 March 2010 11:15 AM

    Savage,are you trying to lure voters Ranils way ?
    Give up !

    Monday, 01 March 2010 11:16 AM

    The real GAP is the denial of human rights in Sri Lanka and the SECRET is the government's desire to continue with the GSP in spite of the bravado of idiotic ministers.

    Monday, 01 March 2010 11:50 AM

    We r very much depend on western subsideries given on conditions to rules us as per their wish. So after 62 years of independece from Suddas are we now really independant?

    Monday, 01 March 2010 12:19 PM

    then we the public have to :'-( the country will be :-| and MR will be :-)

    Monday, 01 March 2010 12:21 PM

    what ? in 1000s ! no way ... who told u this story ...

    Monday, 01 March 2010 12:34 PM

    They need Cloths again !.

    Monday, 01 March 2010 08:52 AM

    GAP and Victoria Secret Behind this ?

    Monday, 01 March 2010 09:33 AM

    New government will be the same lot. Will your decision change then?

    Monday, 01 March 2010 09:39 AM

    They have now realised that their people also going to get hurt by losing jobs etc.

    Monday, 01 March 2010 09:57 AM

    i was always predicting gsp+ would be granted.the suspension would be lifted before it comes into effect. ranjit demel berlin

    Monday, 01 March 2010 06:25 PM

    Sri Lankan cabinet ministers are not capable of dealing with foreign countries.

    Monday, 01 March 2010 10:06 AM

    BETTER HOPES, AFTRER GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:57 AM

    As Presidant Advisor Vimal Veeravagsa says that UK government behind to devide the country ,,,,, and no need the GSP,, then why Mr. GL Pearise dying behind it,,, if you are real sinhalease love the country ,,, pls dont bag it from EU,,

    the funny thing is both of them are ruling goventment party people,, they have no one policy,,,, good politicians under our presidant,, so you proofe again u r real sri lankans,, keep it up

    Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:57 AM

    As Presidant Advisor Vimal Veeravagsa says that UK government behind to devide the country ,,,,, and no need the GSP,, then why Mr. GL Pearise dying behind it,,, if you are real sinhalease love the country ,,, pls dont bag it from EU,,

    the funny thing is both of them are ruling goventment party people,, they have no one policy,,,, good politicians under our presidant,, so you proofe again u r real sri lankans,, keep it up


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