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Parliamentary questions
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6 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000716-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Barbara Lochbihler (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Myanmar and the possible withdrawal of preferences granted under the EBA
 Answer in writing 

In October 2018, the Commission and the EEAS sent an emergency mission to Myanmar within the framework of a potential withdrawal of preferences granted to the country under the Everything But Arms agreement. In February 2019, a further mission to the country will take place.

After the publication of the report of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, which documented the atrocity crimes which have been committed in Myanmar and the impunity in the country, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Commission to consider conducting an investigation to review the trade preferences granted to the country.

Are the Commission and EEAS expecting any improvements in the situation, taking into account the evidence in the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission report and the recent reports on escalating violence in Rakhine and Chin State?

What results are expected from the mission taking place in February? What are the next steps planned?

Is there a precise timeline regarding the potential formal launch of the process for withdrawal of the EBA preferences?

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