The European Commission has determined to withdraw a part of the tariff preferences granted to Cambodia underneath the European Union’s Everything But Arms’ (EBA) commerce scheme as a result of severe and systematic violations of the human rights ideas enshrined within the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The withdrawal of tariff preferences – and their substitute with the EU’s customary tariffs (most favoured nation, MFN) – will have an effect on chosen garment and footwear merchandise, all travel items and sugar. The Commission’s determination addresses the human rights violations that triggered the process, whereas on the similar time preserving the event goal of the EU commerce scheme.
The withdrawal quantities to round one-fifth or €1 billion of Cambodia’s yearly exports to the EU. High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell (pictured) mentioned: “The duration, scale and impact of Cambodia’s violations of the rights to political participation and to the freedoms of expression and association left the European Union with no other choice than to partially withdraw trade preferences. The European Union will not stand and watch as democracy is eroded, human rights curtailed, and free debate silenced. Today’s decision reflects our strong commitment to the Cambodian people, their rights, and the country’s sustainable development. For the trade preferences to be reinstated, the Cambodian authorities need to take the necessary measures.”
Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan mentioned: “The European Union is committed to supporting Cambodia’s economic and social development through trade preferences. However, the respect for human rights is non-negotiable for us. We recognize the progress Cambodia has made, but serious concerns remain. Our aim is that the Cambodian authorities end human rights violations, and we will continue working with them in order to achieve that.”
Unless the European Parliament and the Council object, this may take impact on 12 August 2020.
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