Changes should be made to the European Union's GSP+ process allowing preferential market access to developing countries, according to textile and clothing industry group Euratex.

Speaking at the organisation's second Euratex Convention in Berlin this week, president Alberto Paccanelli urged the European Parliament's International Trade Committee to oppose the Unique Delegated Act, which covers ten country applications for GSP+ status.

"The European Parliament should be given the possibility to assess each of the GSP+ applications based on their own merits," Paccanelli told delegates.

"The EU Commission proposal including ten applications in a Unique Delegated Act effectively denies this possibility."

Euratex believes the European Commission's decision to assess all applications in one package inhibits proper analysis, as the rejection of any single application would mean refusing the entire package.

The ten countries included in the act are Armenia, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Georgia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Paraguay and Peru. 

Highlighting the need for countries to commit to 27 conventions on human rights, environment and labour rights, the organisation pointed to the case of Pakistan, which Paccanelli said did not fulfil the necessary conditions.

Describing Pakistan as one of the world's leading exporters for textiles and clothing, with a dominant position in the EU for a number of textile products, Euratex said independent reports showed the country had a "poor record" with regard to the protection of religious minorities, women and children.