Syria and the European Union have signed two agreements between each other and Syria. However due to the Syrian government's crack down on its opposition, the EU is imposing an embargo on Syria. The EU has begun to support the opposition Syrian National Council and calls for the present government to stand down.
In March 2012, two EU member states, namely Italy and the Netherlands, closed their embassies in Damascus.
The EU is Syria's largest trading partner with €3.6 billion worth of EU goods exports to Syria and €3.5 billion of Syrian exports to the EU. Total trade was worth €7.18 billion in 2010 and the EU is Syria's largest trading partner with 22.5% of its trade (Syria is the EU's 50th).