EU to support the destruction of Syrian chemical stockpiles
The European Union announced today financial support of €12 million to help destroy Syrian chemical stockpiles, by contributing to a Trust Fund established by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
The activities covered by this programme include the transport, treatment and disposal of the chemical materials and effluents outside Syria, and will be implemented jointly by the OPCW and the United Nations, in order to secure their safe and environmentally sound destruction.
Commissioner Piebalgs said: "This is an unprecedented programme in terms of scale and timing in the history of chemical weapons destruction."
For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-151_en.htm