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2017/2511(DEA) Scheme of generalised tariff preferences: amending Annex III

Progress: Procedure completed - delegated act enters into force

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Events

2017/05/11
   CSL - Delegated act not objected by Council
2017/04/27
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/04/27
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament rejected by 119 votes to 436, with 22 abstentions, a motion for a resolution tabled by the GUE/NGL group, which sought to object to the Commission delegated regulation of 11 January 2017 amending Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences.

Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts in order to establish or amend Annex III in order to grant a requesting country the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance by adding that country to the list of GSP+ beneficiary countries.

On 11 January 2017 the Commission adopted a delegated act to add Sri Lanka to Annex III of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012.

Members at the origin of the motion for a resolution considered that the Sri Lankan government’s reform efforts, including those that directly relate to the GSP+ criteria, have not yet delivered on their aim of complying with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The motion for a resolution also focused on:

the conclusions of the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka of 10 February 2017 according to which the measures taken by Sri Lanka since October 2015 have been ‘inadequate to ensure real progress’; the identification by the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization (ILO) of shortcomings in relation to ILO Conventions 87 and 98, the insufficiencies of the Industrial Disputes Amendment Act 56 of 1999; the failure to complete the process of repealing and replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act; the suspicions that the Sri Lankan government is not adequately tackling the culture of impunity.

In conclusion, Members stated that the existing human rights violations in Sri Lanka raise concerns about the appropriateness of granting GSP+ status while not enough real progress is being made according to international bodies.

2017/04/26
   EP - Motion for a resolution objecting delegated act
Documents
2017/04/18
   EP - Decision by committee, without report
2017/01/23
   EP/CSL - Initial period for examining delegated act extended at Parliament's request by 2 month(s)
2017/01/18
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2017/01/11
   EC - Non-legislative basic document
Documents
2017/01/11
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
Documents
2017/01/11
   EC - Non-legislative basic document published
Documents
2017/01/11
   EP/CSL - Initial period for examining delegated act 2 month(s)

Documents

  • Results of vote in Parliament: Results of vote in Parliament
  • Motion for a resolution objecting delegated act: B8-0273/2017
  • Non-legislative basic document: C(2016)08996
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2016)0474
  • Non-legislative basic document published: C(2016)08996
  • Non-legislative basic document: C(2016)08996
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2016)0474
  • Motion for a resolution objecting delegated act: B8-0273/2017

Votes

B8-0273/2017 - Résolution

2017/04/27 Outcome: -: 436, +: 119, 0: 22
EL CY IE LU EE LT SI HR MT FI LV IT DK GB AT ES SK SE PT NL BG BE HU CZ RO FR PL DE
Total
19
5
9
5
5
8
8
6
6
9
7
60
10
43
15
37
13
17
17
22
15
20
17
20
22
54
41
67
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44

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2

Ireland GUE/NGL

3

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Czechia GUE/NGL

Against (1)

2
icon: ENF ENF
25

United Kingdom ENF

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands ENF

2

Poland ENF

Abstain (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
33

Sweden EFDD

2

Czechia EFDD

Against (1)

1

France EFDD

Against (1)

1

Poland EFDD

1

Germany EFDD

Abstain (1)

1
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13

United Kingdom NI

Against (1)

Abstain (1)

2
3

France NI

Against (1)

1

Poland NI

Abstain (1)

1

Germany NI

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
53

Ireland ALDE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

Against (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

Against (2)

2

Lithuania ALDE

Against (1)

2

Slovenia ALDE

Against (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

Against (1)

1

Finland ALDE

2

Denmark ALDE

3

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Sweden ALDE

2

Portugal ALDE

1

Bulgaria ALDE

For (1)

4

Romania ALDE

2

Germany ALDE

2
icon: ECR ECR
53

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Cyprus ECR

Against (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Croatia ECR

Against (1)

1

Finland ECR

Against (1)

1

Latvia ECR

Against (1)

1

Italy ECR

Against (1)

1

Denmark ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

3

Netherlands ECR

Against (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

Against (1)

1

Czechia ECR

2

Romania ECR

Against (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
46

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Finland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Italy Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

4

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

4

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Hungary Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

France Verts/ALE

5
icon: S&D S&D
132

Cyprus S&D

Against (1)

1

Ireland S&D

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

Against (1)

1

Estonia S&D

Against (1)

1

Lithuania S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

Against (1)

1

Malta S&D

3

Finland S&D

1

Latvia S&D

Against (1)

1
3

Slovakia S&D

For (1)

4

Netherlands S&D

3

Bulgaria S&D

3

Hungary S&D

2

Czechia S&D

4
icon: PPE PPE
178

Cyprus PPE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

Against (2)

2

Estonia PPE

Against (1)

1
5

Croatia PPE

3

Denmark PPE

Against (1)

1

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • The European Parliament rejected by 119 votes to 436, with 22 abstentions, a motion for a resolution tabled by the GUE/NGL group, which sought to object to the Commission delegated regulation of 11 January 2017 amending Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences.

        Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts in order to establish or amend Annex III in order to grant a requesting country the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance by adding that country to the list of GSP+ beneficiary countries.

        On 11 January 2017 the Commission adopted a delegated act to add Sri Lanka to Annex III of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012.

        Members at the origin of the motion for a resolution considered that the Sri Lankan government’s reform efforts, including those that directly relate to the GSP+ criteria, have not yet delivered on their aim of complying with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

        The motion for a resolution also focused on:

        • the conclusions of the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka of 10 February 2017 according to which the measures taken by Sri Lanka since October 2015 have been ‘inadequate to ensure real progress’;
        • the identification by the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization (ILO) of shortcomings in relation to ILO Conventions 87 and 98, the insufficiencies of the Industrial Disputes Amendment Act 56 of 1999;
        • the failure to complete the process of repealing and replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act;
        • the suspicions that the Sri Lankan government is not adequately tackling the culture of impunity.

        In conclusion, Members stated that the existing human rights violations in Sri Lanka raise concerns about the appropriateness of granting GSP+ status while not enough real progress is being made according to international bodies.

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          Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts in order to establish or amend Annex III in order to grant a requesting country the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance by adding that country to the list of GSP+ beneficiary countries.

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          Members at the origin of the motion for a resolution considered that the Sri Lankan government’s reform efforts, including those that directly relate to the GSP+ criteria, have not yet delivered on their aim of complying with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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          • the identification by the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization (ILO) of shortcomings in relation to ILO Conventions 87 and 98, the insufficiencies of the Industrial Disputes Amendment Act 56 of 1999;
          • the failure to complete the process of repealing and replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act;
          • the suspicions that the Sri Lankan government is not adequately tackling the culture of impunity.

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