Lubomir Rehak: Belarus’ government submitted to EU trade preferences suspension 13:49, 04/07/2007
The Belarusian government submitted to the suspension of the country from the EU`s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), as temporal charge d’affaires of Slovakia in Belarus Lubomir Rehak deems. “We can only regret that instead of considering the recommendations of the ILO the Belarusian part submitted the resolution, regarding the sanctions being minor,” - the head of the Slovakian diplomatic mission said at a press-conference held in Minsk.
The resolution on suspension of Belarus from the GSP came into force on June 21, as Interfax reports.
The decision was made basing on the recommendation of the International Labour Organization stipulated by the breaches of the rights of trade unions. According to experts, the suspension of Belarus from the GSP can “cost” the country EURO 300-400mln per year.
In case the Belarusian government undertakes some steps to improve the situation “the inverse process will be launched immediately”, as L.Rehak put it.
The Slovakian diplomat believes that the suspension of Belarus from the GSP “will not affect the amount of bilateral trade, but will affect the prices.”
“I have just had a conversation with a Slovakian businessman who complained that customs duties became higher since June 22,” - he said.