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The EU adopts a comprehensive approach to the Syrian crisis

The EU adopts a comprehensive approach to the Syrian crisis
24/06/2013  - 

The European Commission and the EU External Action Service will give a comprehensive response to the conflict in Syria that combines humanitarian aid, support for sustainable solutions to the crisis, prevention of regional instability due to spill-over from the conflict and mitigation of the consequences for the European Union.

As part of this response, the EU is mobilising its financial instruments. The European Commission has decided to allocate an additional €400 million to the humanitarian, economic and development needs in Syria and the neighbouring countries. This brings the EU's overall contribution to over €1.25 billion.

The Communication proposes in concrete terms:

  • support for political settlement  (Geneva II Conference on Syria);
  • ensure access of humanitarian assistance to all war-affected areas;
  • increase EU budget financial assistance by around €400M in 2013;
  • develop derogations to the sanctions regime to provide support to the population;
  • support the UN in dealing with claims of human rights and international humanitarian law violations;
  • promote solidarity with particularly vulnerable persons who may be proposed for resettlement on EU territory;
  • prevent radicalisation of EU citizens and deal with EU foreign fighters that have travelled to the conflict zone;
  • prepare for the post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation phase.