Answer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the Commission
The EU is concerned about the impact of economic land concessions in Cambodia and has deployed a range of diplomatic efforts in this regard. The latest was the meeting early March 2013 between the Commissioner responsible for Trade and Cambodian Trade Minister Cham Prasidh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-EU Ministerial in Hanoi, where the Cambodian counterpart demonstrated a visibly improved commitment to tackle the issue.
Regarding EBA preferences, the Commission continuously examines whether the conditions for the activation of withdrawal procedures are met. The Commission has taken good note of the developments described in the reports by the Special Rapporteur Professor Subedi and will follow closely the conclusions by the Human Rights Council and the monitoring bodies of the individual core human rights conventions, with a view to ascertain whether serious and systematic violations occur. The Commission remains vigilant and will be ready to take appropriate action if the legal requirements are met.