EU Parliament votes in favour of GSP+
On November 5, 2013 the EU Parliament voted for the proposal for a Unique Delegated Act of the EU Commission, allowing for instance to Pakistan to gain an additional competitive edge for textile products
This vote includes 10 country applications for GSP+, among Pakistan. EURATEX the voice of the European Textile and clothing industry has lobbied against, because a no would have meant that the EU Parliament would have allowed to ensure that GSP+ status is given to the countries that are effectively respecting the necessary conditions by bindingly committing to ratify and implement 27 Conventions in the area of Human Rights, Environment and Labour Rights, allowing in addition that each application be judged on its own individual merits. With the positive vote of the EU Parliament it has prevented a country by country evaluation, allowing Pakistan to obtain a preferential treatment that it would not have obtained under different circumstances. This means also that Pakistan’s waiver limited to some products will run out at the end of this year, and will allow Pakistan to continue to benefit from duty free access as of January 1, 2014, without limitations or product exclusion, to the dismay of European textile and clothing companies.