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Council Conclusions on the Comprehensive Framework for the European Union’s Policy and Support to Myanmar/Burma

By Council of the European Union  •  July 22, 2013

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

  1. “The Council welcomes and endorses the attached Comprehensive Framework consisting of priorities for the European Union’s policy and support in the next three years to the on-going reforms in Myanmar/Burma. This Framework sets forth EU’s goals and priorities geared towards building a lasting partnership and promoting closer engagement with the country as a whole.
  2. The Comprehensive Framework will be subject to regular review.”

Comprehensive Framework for the European Union’s Policy and Support to Myanmar/Burma

Myanmar/Burma has embarked on a remarkable process of reform under the new Government that took office in March 2011, significant both for its own people and for the region. Dealing with the legacy of conflict, poverty, oppression and weak institutions will be the work of decades. The European Union – which has, over the years, called for change and imposed sanctions – has a responsibility to help. Equally, European experiences and lessons learned regarding political transition and democratisation could be actively shared.

Two years into the reform process our policy priorities remain valid. Recognising that the period leading to general elections in 2015 is critical for the overall transition, the 22 April 2013 Council Conclusions on Myanmar/Burma call for a comprehensive framework to support reform over the next three years.

Our goals are to support political, social and economic development, fostering respect for human rights and assisting the Government in rebuilding its place in the international community. The EU looks forward to working in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders to promote peace, democracy and inclusive sustainable development to the benefit of the Myanmar/Burma people.

This is a collective effort involving actions by EU Member States and/or EU institutions.

Download the full text of the conclusions here. 

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