Source: European Parliament
In her answer to a question on the EU’s monitoring of the generalised system of preferences (GSP), Commissioner Malmström stated that ‘enhanced engagement’ had begun with three beneficiaries, with a view to potentially temporarily withdrawing Cambodia’s trade preferences.
Pakistan is believed to be involved in State-sponsored terrorism and was blacklisted again by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June 2018. According to GSP criteria, this constitutes grounds for the temporary withdrawal of GSP support.
Furthermore, Pakistan has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), yet openly discriminates against women. Human Rights Watch estimates at least 66 women were victims of ‘honour killings’ in Faisalabad in the first half of 2018. The Government has done little to improve women’s economic, social or cultural rights, and any serious abuse of women and girls often goes unpunished.
1. Will the Commission consider ‘enhanced engagement’ with Pakistan?
2. Why did it enter into ‘enhanced engagement’ with Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar and how/why does the situation differ from that of Pakistan?
3. Why has it not temporarily withdrawn the special preferences from which Pakistan has been benefiting since 2014, given its re-entry to the international terrorism financing list?