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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences. Executive summary of the impact assessment. Commission staff working paper. SEC (2011) 537 final, 10 May 2011

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110511124519PDFPUUJJ5FXN1.0.doc EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 10.5.2011 SEC(2011) 537 final COMMISSION STAFF WORKING PAPER EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT Accompanying the document Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences {COM(2011) 241 final} {SEC(2011) 536 final} EN 2 EN 1. Problem Definition 1.1 Introduction The Generalised System of Preferences ("the scheme") helps developing countries, and particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to reduce poverty by offering them import preferences in order to generate or boost revenue from international trade. In addition, the scheme provides incentives in the form of additional tariff preferences, to countries that commit themselves to sustainable development and good government. The scheme currently aims to achieve the objectives set out in the Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the Economic and Social Committee on the function of the Community’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for the ten-year period from 2006 to 2015. The scheme grants preferential access to EU markets on a generalised and non- discriminatory basis to 176 eligible countries and territories. It has three arrangements: • the general arrangement (often described simply as "GSP"); • the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance (described as "GSP+") which offers additional preferences as incentives to support vulnerable developing countries in ratifying and implementing 27 international conventions on human and labour rights, environment and good governance; • the Everything But Arms arrangement (EBA), which provides duty-free, quota- free access to LDCs. The present GSP scheme is implemented through successive regulations, each applying for three years. The current GSP regulation will expire on 31 D

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