European Union officials visiting Burma hinted at further easing of sanctions during a meeting Monday with the Southeast Asian nation's civilian government.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced an EU pledge to provide nearly $200 million in aid over the next two years.
Lower house speaker Shwe Mann promised Piebalgs that April by-elections would be free and fair. The EU eased travel bans against Burma's leaders in January and promised further action if reforms continue.
Burma's military-backed civilian government took office in a 2010 election that was marred by complaints of cheating and intimidation. However, the government has since released political prisoners, negotiated a cease-fire with ethnic rebels and allowed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party back into politics.