The European Union is considering a case-by-case easing of its oil embargo against Syria in order to help the opposition, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
A decision, which would be formally agreed by EU foreign ministers at talks next Monday in Luxembourg, would enable EU companies to import oil on a case-by-case basis from areas under opposition control, the sources said.
It would also allow a resumption of EU investments and export of equipment intended for the oil and gas sector.
The 27-nation bloc slapped a ban on investments in Syrian oil in September 2011 followed by a ban on imports of oil in December.
Syria's largest oil reserves are in Deir Ezzor in the east of the country.
Syria's production of some 420,000 of barrels of oil a day has been sliced in half since the United States and the European Union banned the import of Syrian petroleum.