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Currently, bilateral relations are framed by the Council Conclusions of 22 April 2013, the Council Decision  of 22 April 2013 as well as by the Comprehensive Framework  of 22 July 2013 for the European Union's policy and support to Myanmar/Burma

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  • EU imports from Myanmar/Burma are dominated by clothing and agricultural products.
  • EU exports to Myanmar/Burma are dominated by machinery and transport equipment.

EU-Myanmar "trade in goods" statistics

Trade in goods 2011-2013, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2011 0.2 0.2 -0.0
2012 0.2 0.2 0.1
2013 0.2 0.3 0.1

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EU and Myanmar/Burma

As a Least Developed Country (LDC), Myanmar/Burma benefits from the most favorable regime available under the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), namely the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. The Everything But Arms scheme gives the 50 Least Developed Countries -  including Myanmar/Burma - duty free access to the EU for export of all products, except arms and ammunition.

Myanmar/Burma was reinstated  into the GSP tariff preferences on 19 July 2013, in response to the process of political and economic reform since 2011 and following the decision by the Conference of the International Labour Organisation to suspend its restrictive resolution on Myanmar in June 2012. These preferences had been temporarily withdrawn since 1997 due to violations of the principles of the ILO convention on forced labour.

Myanmar/Burma and ASEAN

Myanmar/Burma is one of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The countries as a group are the EU's third largest trading partners outside Europe, after the United States and China.

The EU co-operates closely with the ASEAN region as a whole. Co-operation is maintained through the EU-ASEAN Dialogue which includes discussions on trade and investment issues at ministerial and senior economic officials level.

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