Austria is joining the EU Children of Peace initiative, becoming the second Member State to contribute to the EU's humanitarian projects which help children in conflict zones to gain access to education.
"I warmly welcome Austria's participation in this important project," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. "Education is the key to ensuring that boys and girls trapped in conflict zones can aspire to a brighter future. I am proud of our Member States for contributing to this severely underfunded area in humanitarian aid and I look forward to more Member States joining as the initiative develops".
Austria's €250 000 contribution will support EU Children of Peace projects that provide access to education, psycho-social support, and safe and child-friendly spaces where children can learn, play, and grow in an environment where they remain protected from the traumatic consequences of conflict, including recruitment as child soldiers and early marriages.
Luxembourg joined last year. The initiative is the lasting legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to the EU in 2012.