EU eyes improved labour conditions after Savar tragedy

The European Union voiced strong concern over labour conditions in Bangladesh after a building collapse at Savar that killed four hundreds of factory workers.It was considering action to encourage improvements, including the use of its trade preference system, said in a statement.

EU foreign affairs representative Catherine Ashton and trade commissioner Karel de Gucht issued the statement on Tuesday.

The statement also said, “The EU is presently considering appropriate action, including through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) – through which Bangladesh currently receives duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market under the `Everything But Arms` scheme – in order to incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries.”

The European Union is Bangladesh`s largest trade partner and clothes made inside the building – an illegally built structure that toppled April 24, killing at least 404 people – were produced for retailers in Europe and

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