The Government of Cambodia, which is currently reviewing European Commission’s (EC) report on whether the country should retain its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade status, has said that it will respond to the report by 12 December.
The EBA status, as the world knows by now, has been under review since February 2019.
The EC has been considering to suspend the duty-free trade under EBA because of its concerns over the violation of human rights in the country.
Once the Government reviews and sends back its response by 12 December, EC will finalise the report and then take a decision on 20 February 2020 on whether to suspend trade preferences or not.
While commenting that this is not EC’s final decision, Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry said “We will have time to study and respond at an appropriate moment. Our officials need time to go through the report in detail and see what the areas of concern are before we respond and explain.”
Meanwhile, Cecilia Malmström tweeted “We are very concerned about the human rights situation there. Cambodians now have 1 month to respond and we will make our final decision next year.”