Journalists question Ambassador Daly over GSP Plus status

Journalists question Ambassador Daly over GSP Plus status

Journalists question Ambassador Daly over GSP Plus status

Written by Staff Writer

07 Dec, 2015 | 9:18 pm

Convening a media briefing, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, David Daly responded to questions raised by journalists on whether there was any progress on the resumption of the GSP Plus status for Sri Lanka.

Question:
Regarding the GSP+, will it be reintroduced and if so, when?–

Ambassador of the Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, David Daly

The short answer to your question is I don’t know – to your first question. And since I don’t know the answer to your first question by definition, I don’t know the answer to your second question.

Question:
The Minister of International Trade had said that the GSP + can be obtained in two months. Any comment on that?

Ambassador David Daly:
Well, you have to ask him about that.

Question:
Why can’t the EU say something about that?

Ambassador David Daly:
–No, because in any event the process takes a lot longer than two months. That’s all I can say. The process takes a lot longer than two months. When the European Commission for example receives a formal invitation from a government, then it has six months within which it will do a formal report.

The media briefing was convened to announce the European Union’s support towards building of houses in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa, through the 14 mllion Euro grant.

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