EU withdraws EBA scheme with Cambodia

The European Union has partially withdrawn the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme with Cambodia, citing a serious and systematic violation of principles in four core human and labour rights.

The suspension affects one-fifth or €1 billion (RM4.5 billion) of Cambodia’s annual exports to the EU’s 27 nation bloc and it will take effect on August 12.

The EU said in a statement that the partial withdrawal would affect selected garment and footwear products, and all travel goods and sugar.

European Commission vice president Josep Borrell said violation of human rights and political rights in Cambodia, freedom of expression and association had left the EU with no other choice than to partially withdraw the scheme.

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