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European Union grants duty-free access to developing countries for respecting human rights and “good governance” standards

On 9 December 2008 the European Commission stated that the products from 16 developing countries will benefit from duty-free access to the European Union under the “special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance” (GSP+). The GSP+ is a specific tariff arrangement in the context of the Scheme of Generalised Tariff Preferences. It provides for tariff reductions (preferences) for imports from developing countries to the European Union. The current legal basis for this arrangement is EC Council Regulation 732/2008. The Regulation includes three arrangements: 1) The general arrangement that applies to all developing countries that fulfil certain economic criteria 2)…