Commissioner Georgieva begins a three-day visit today (Saturday) to Jordan and Lebanon, to announce an allocation of € 65 million in humanitarian aid from the European Commission. The Syrian civil war is spiralling out of control. Millions of people have lost their homes and are fleeing the violence. Neighbouring countries are sheltering nearly 1.5 million refugees, bringing the capacity of hosting communities and humanitarian organisations close to breaking point.
Commissioner Georgieva today visits Zaatari refugee camp, where the population has risen dramatically to an estimated 178 000 men, women and children. Later she will continue northwards to Mafraq and the border where she will be shown the transit centre for arriving refugees.
On Sunday, she will meet the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Judeh Nasser, and humanitarian partners working in Jordan before departing for Lebanon.
On Monday the Commissioner will visit the Bekaa Valley, where she will visit EC-funded projects for Syrian refugees and meet with the Commission's main partners, including UNHCR. Later she will hold separate meetings with Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Azmi Mikati and Wael Abou Faour, the Minister for Social Affairs in charge of coordination of Lebanon's response to the Syrian crisis.