EU Ambassador to Cambodia Carmen Moreno has told Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn that she hopes Cambodia can keep its access to the EU’s Everything-but-arms (EBA) agreement, said the ministry spokesman Koy Kuong.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting today, Mr Kuong said that during the meeting, Ambassador Moreno has promised to work closely with the government in enhancing partnership between Cambodia and the EU.
“It’s true that Ambassador Moreno has good purpose. At the start, she wants to enhance cooperative partnership with Cambodia, meaning that she wants to see the boost the cooperation to the next levels. Therefore, all the accesses that Cambodia has with the EU should also remain,” Mr Kuong said.
Mr Kuong said that Ambassador Moreno also discussed on the importance and ways for Cambodia to retain EBA, noting that Cambodia has accessed to EBA agreement since 2001.
“The Negotiations on the EBA between Cambodia and Europe are well under way, with the European Union sending delegates to investigate for the truth in Cambodia, and Cambodia is always welcome. Cambodia also exchanged visits to the European Union to explain what really happened in the country,” he said.
In February, the European Union started a six-month process of intense monitoring and engagement that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential access to the bloc’s market under the EBA trade scheme.
With duty-free access under the EBA, EU is Cambodia’s biggest market for textile and garment products, bicycles and agricultural products.