About this initiative


The EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences grants unilateral tariff preferences to developing countries as a means of supporting their economic and social development, as well as promoting human rights, employment standards, sustainable development and good governance practices.

The preferential tariff scheme allows developing countries to pay fewer or no duties on exports to the EU.

The Regulation governing the scheme expires on 31 December 2023. This initiative launches the preparatory work needed to allow the next Commission to decide on the future of the scheme.

Type of act
Proposal for a regulation


Feedback: closed

Inception impact assessment
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Feedback period
13 May 2019 - 10 June 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (8)

  • Anonymous (Belgium)
    10 June 2019 Other
    Anonymous (Belgium)

    Dear Sir/Madam We as the GSP Reform Platform, would like to share concerns and submit the following considerations to the proposed inception impact assessment titled "Towards the future Generalised Scheme of Preference Regulation granting trade advantages to developing countries". Please find a more detailled letter in attachment. Kind Regards, GSP Reform Platform

  • European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (Belgium)
    10 June 2019 Business association
    European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (Belgium)

    The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) and its members count around 4.300 companies in the EU employing directly 360.000 people. ETRMA tyre corporate companies represent globally 59% of world sales and 7 out of 10 world leaders are our Members . We have strong presence in the EU and candidate countries with 86 tyre-producing plants and 16 R&D centres. ETRMA would like to take the opportunity of the publication of...

  • EUROALLIAGES (Belgium)
    7 June 2019 Business association
    EUROALLIAGES (Belgium)

    EUROALLIAGES is the association representing European Silicon and ferro-alloys producers. While EUROALLIAGES very much supports the basic principles and objectives pursued by GSP, EUROALLIAGS would like to make the following comments: - Within the overall objectives of the GSP – promotion of sustainable development of developing countries -, there was a common understanding that GSP should focus more on the downstream value chain as a major...

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Third quarter 2019

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Second quarter 2021

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