PM talks with key factions representing European Parliament -focus on GSP Plus concession

PM talks with key factions representing European Parliament -focus on GSP Plus concession

PM talks with key factions representing European Parliament -focus on GSP Plus concession

Written by Keshala Dias

20 Oct, 2016 | 6:33 am

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on a visit to Brussels, held talks with several factions representing the European Parliament.

Following the talks, the premier made a statement on the GSP Plus Concessions.

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said, the EU has a clear picture on the government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and they are prepared to support the country and provide aid to the people.

“I have no doubt that we will be able to obtain this by next year”, he added. The Prime Minister and the delegation held talks with the representatives of the European People’s Party.

The  Chair on Foreign Affairs Jacek Saryusz-Wolski led the EPP delegation in to the talks.

Christofer Fjellner – the member of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade led a delegation in to talks with the Sri Lankan contingent.

Chairman of the European People’s Party Group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber also held talks with the Sri Lankan delegation.

The PM also held discussions with the members of the EU Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group and attended a lunch hosted by its Head Member of the European Parliament Geoffrey Van Orden.

The PM- led delegation briefed the European parliamentary members on Sri Lanka’s progress in strengthening “good governance”, “social equality”, “democracy”, “human Rights” and “reconciliation”.

A statement by the PM’s Office notes that the members were briefed on the possibility of regaining the GSP Plus concessions to SL in this back drop.

On the evening of October 18,  the PM and his entourage visited the Berlaymont Building in Brussels which houses the headquarters of the European Commission,  and called on its President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The European Commission President had noted the Consensual National Government formed by the two main political parties in Sri Lanka  had steered the island nation onto the right path.

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