Myanmar/Burma is proposed by the Commission to benefit from a special trade arrangement with the EU

The European Commission adopted a proposal to bring the country back under the so-called 'Everything But Arms' preferential trade regime which would grant duty-free and quota-free access to the European market for all products except for arms and ammunitions. This decision follows the recognition by the international community, country's recent efforts to improve the political, social and labour environments there.

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The European Parliament will allow Pakistan to export more goods duty free to the EU

MEPs decided approved a regulation which allows Pakistan to export more goods duty free to the EU, so as to help the economic recovery of its flood-devastated regions. This exceptional measure, to apply until the end of 2013, will include fabrics, garments, linen, ethanol and leather. The regulation also includes safeguards for the EU textiles market.

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€50 million from EU funds to help Syrian civilians caught up in their country's crisis

The European Commission announced €50 million humanitarian additional funding in order to help people in Syria. The release of the funds will begin as soon as the European Parliament and the Council have approved the decision. This will bring the Commission's total contribution to €119 million.

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EU High Representative regrets the possible consequences of the verdict review against Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner Štefan Füle following the outcome of the review by Ukraine’s Higher Specialized Court for Civil and Criminal Cases of the verdict against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, stressed the importance for the Ukrainian authorities to redress the effects of selective justice. This would also require implementation of further judicial reform steps. At the same time, the European Commission published a call for proposals for projects to support justice sector reforms in Ukraine.

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The EBRD will support SMEs in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a €10 million credit line

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will allocate a €10 million credit line to Intesa Sanpaolo Bank for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The EU Annual Action Programme 2012 for Armenia will count with new funding for judicial reform

The European Commission announced, in the context of Annual Action Programme 2012 adoption, the allocation of new funding for Armenia. The new funding will be addressed to accelerate justice reform and preparing the ground for increased bilateral relations, political association and economic integration with the EU.

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EU High Representative visits Somalia at the end of the eight-year transition period of this country

Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy visited Somalia to underline the EU's commitment to contributing to better governance, development and security in this country following the end of its eight-year transition period.

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New European funding for supporting justice and migration in Azerbaijan

In the context of the EU Azerbaijan Action Plan, the European Commission announced new funding allocations for Azerbaijan to help reform the institutions responsible for bilateral relations with the EU. The new support will focus on the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan priorities and institutional reforms.

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Members of the EESC call for a stronger and more integrated European defence sector

The Opinion Paper on the current state of the European defence industry adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee calls for a “radical” change of mindset in the way governments deal with defence. It also welcomes the creation of the Task Force on Defence.

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