The European Union’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) grants unilateral tariff preferences to developing and least-developed countries. This scheme is set to expire on 31 December 2023. In this context, TULIP conducted a study for GIZ, entitled “Sustainable Trade Preferences for the 21st Century”, exploring options to fine-tune the EU’s scheme to make it a more effective tool for development post-2023.
In December 2019, TULIP presented the study’s findings and recommendations during the Brussels launch of the study. The event, organized by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) featured presentations by Walter van Hattum, GSP Coordinator at DG Trade, and Willem van der Geest, Team Leader, Development Solutions Europe. The audience included government officials, civil society, and representatives of the private sector.