29 January 2015
The EU announced today it was increasing its assistance to the Syria crisis by €136 million in humanitarian funding, both inside the country and in neighbouring countries hosting refugees.
The funding was announced as the EU Commissioners for Humanitarian Aid, Christos Stylianides, and for European Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, visited Lebanon and Jordan to discuss the situation.
"The EU will keep standing by the Syrian people and by the communities in Lebanon and Jordan hosting them who need all the help they can get in this terrible crisis,” said Commissioner Hahn, stressing the EU’s commitment to support Lebanon and Jordan in dealing with the flow of refugees and ensuring access to essential services like health and education.
The new humanitarian funding will ensure that those most in need can obtain shelter, livelihood and a dignified life despite the current very harsh circumstances. The funds will support humanitarian partners to deliver food aid, emergency medical supplies, clean water, and cash assistance, among others. (EU Neighbourhood Info)