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Members of the European Parliament to visit Sri Lanka

Progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a four member delegation from the European Parliament. They will also look at the groundwork laid for a successful GSP+ application.
The visiting delegation will be led by Ms. Jean Lambert (UK), Chair of the Delegation for
Relations with Countries of South Asia, and include Mr. Sajjad Karim (UK), Mr. Thomas
Mann (Germany) and Ms. Ulrike Müller (Germany).
The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will visit Colombo, Trincomalee and
Batticaloa to meet government, local government, parliamentary and civil society
representatives. The MEPs will also visit European Union-supported projects in Trincomalee
and Batticaloa. The projects, in the areas of psychosocial care, housing, dairy, and waste
management, are implemented by the Family Rehabilitation Centre, UN-Habitat, the Food
and Agriculture Organisation and United Nations Office for Project Services.
During his recent visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met the European
Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss issues including Sri Lanka's application
for GSP Plus, the role of SAARC, accountability and justice, minority rights and poverty
alleviation.
The European Union has nearly doubled its development assistance to Sri Lanka for the years
up to 2020 to €210 million (approximately LKR 34 billion), financing projects on the nonrecurrence
of conflict, as well as trade development and reducing poverty in Sri Lanka's
poorest estate and rural areas. The EU will also provide support under the Government's
Peacebuilding Priority Plan.

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