ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari emphasised upon increased market access of Pakistani exports to the EU and stressed for early operationalisation of the trade concessions by obtaining WTOs waiver which was held up since long. The leadership said this on Friday during their separate meetings with Dirk Niebel, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development to Pakistan at the Prime Ministers House and the Presidents House. The prime minister appreciated the special efforts of Germany and EU for market access to Pakistani products in EU member states and unilateral concessions on 75 items. He also appreciated the EUs initiatives for obtaining the WTOs waiver in its forthcoming meeting. The PM urged for EUs support for GSP Plus status for Pakistans exports to EU which he said would facilitate investments and help creation of jobs. In the same context, the he maintained that upward revision of Import Vulnerability Criterion (IVC) from 1 to 2 per cent as eligibility criterion for GSP Plus in the proposed scheme starting from 2014 would help Pakistan to benefit from the additional space for export of its goods to the EU. As regards the ratification of conventions, the prime minister assured the delegation that Pakistan would soon be ratifying the remaining two conventions out of the 27 conventions proposed by the European Commission. He informed them that consensus had been achieved among all the stakeholders including the provincial governments on all relevant matters to ratify the two conventions. He thanked the government and the people of Germany for 19 million Euros assistance for IDPs and 200 million Euros support for flood reconstruction efforts for which the German Chancellor made special efforts through telethon appeal. He also thanked the EU for 72 million Euros assistance for IDPs and 200 million Euros for flood affectees. The prime minister appreciated the EU and German support through two agreements signed on Friday of 90 million Euros with Germany and 225 million Euros with the EU as special assistance for energy sector, rural development, health and education. This support, he said, would go a long-way in strengthening the relations between Pakistan and the European Union. While reiterating Pakistans commitment to fight terrorism and extremism, the PM said being a frontline state Pakistan had to face the brunt in shape of human and financial sacrifices. Pakistan is fighting the war against terrorism for the sake of regional and international peace and prosperity. Peaceful and stable Afghanistan, he added, would also help the return of 3.5 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and forgotten by the world. The EU commissioner stated that the joint visit of the EU commissioner and the German minister for economic cooperation and development reflects the importance which the EU attached to the economic development and stability of Pakistan.