Sugar plantations that benefit from the European Unionís Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, which allows preferential access to the E.U.ís market, have further impoverished Cambodiaís poor, and an investigation needs to be launched, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) said on Friday. Patrice Tirolien, MEP from France and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, said the EBA has fueled land grabs by sugar plantation owners in Cambodia, and that he would press the European Commission, the 28-country blocís executive body, to launch an investigation into the local sugar industry. ďI
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