On the sidelines of the on-going Asean-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn met with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to discuss the future of Cambodia’s access to the Everything-but-arms preferential trade agreement.
The EU last year notified the government that it was considering withdrawing the EBA scheme due to perceived democratic setbacks.
“Without clear and evident improvements on the ground, this will lead to the suspending of the trade preferences that they currently enjoy,” Ms Malmström said in October.
Daniel Rosario, an EU spokesman on the issues of agriculture and rural development, said “the EU has nothing to add at this stage”, telling the media to refer to a Tweet by Ms Malmström, confirming that a meeting regarding the future of EBA was discussed with Mr Sokhonn.
“Met with FM of Cambodia today,” Ms Malmström said in her Tweet. “We discussed the EBA agreement and the possibility of a withdrawal of tariff preferences.”
“[I] reiterated our concerns on democracy, human rights and rule of law,” she added. “The EU continues to keep the path of dialogue open.”
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