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EU says stop to Burmese rice from Myanmar

Ente Nazionale risi comments: a long-awaited signal from the European institutions

A strong message from the EU institutions against those responsible for the ongoing coup in Myanmar was long overdue. Ten individuals and two economic entities belonging to the Burmese army, the Myanmar Economic Holding Ltd and the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC), were sanctioned during the Council of Ministers on April 19. These two organizations, according to data from the “World Bank”, own several rice mills and manage almost all of the rice export market. The council's decision is of great importance because it aims to force the regime to stop the violence against the people of Myanmar.

“Europe - affirms the president of the National Risi (ENR) Paolo Carrà - has finally recognized the need to sanction those responsible for the coup also through restrictive measures on the Myanmar market managed by the army. The Council of the EU has finally realized, as we have been saying for years, that the EBA measures that allow for the elimination of the duty on entry into Europe of products originating in Myanmar, including rice, have no beneficial effect for farmers. Burmese representing only a business for exporters".

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