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What is the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences? What are recent economic trends and how is the GSP connected to international values? 

This brochure provides an overview of the main characteristics of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences and its different arrangements. It also provides an overview of recent economic trends in terms of preferential imports and most important product groups. Furthermore, the brochure gives insights on developments relating to the values objective of the GSP and it's contribution to sustainable development. Readers are also provided with an overview of avenues to engage on the GSP.

The brochure consists of four sections:

  • The GSP- promoting sustainable development through trade
  • What are recent economic trends?
  • How does the GSP contribute to sustainable development?
  • How to engage with the EU's GSP?



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