Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission
The EU has welcomed the changes in Burma/Myanmar and gave its response in Council conclusions on 23 March 2012. These conclusions(1) foresee a suspension of all restrictive measures, excluding the arms embargo.
The EU will now enter into an active collaboration with the country at all levels, in order to assist and support the reform process and to contribute to economic, political and social development. A package of assistance of EUR 150 million is being prepared for the 2012 and 2013 to support these reforms. The EU Office in Yangon which the High Representative/Vice-President has inaugurated on 28 April 2012, will facilatate intensified dialogue and help with monitoring and overseeing EU programmes. When the required conditions are met, the EU will reinstate the perferences for the country under the Generalised System of Preferences, namely duty free and quota free access for its products to the European market.