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Second Brussels Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” kicks off today

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Commissioners Christos Stylianides and Johannes Hahn, together with UN representatives and key donors kicked of the two-day Brussels conference with a high-level “Day of Dialogue”. © EU

For today and tomorrow, the EU hosts the second Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region", co-chaired with the United Nations. Ahead of the main ministerial plenary sessions tomorrow, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will meet UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura today. They will have an exchange with representatives from the Syrian civil society and will hold a joint press conference.

Kicking off the proceedings this morning, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, together with UN representatives and key donors participated in the high-level “Day of Dialogue” with over 200 NGOs from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. Discussion centred on the international support in response to the Syrian conflict in both Syria and the region.

Tomorrow, the ministerial plenary sessions will bring together representatives from over 85 delegations, from the EU and the region, regional and international organisation, NGOs and civil society. Delegations will start arriving from 7:30am. The morning plenary session meeting has a political focus and will be co-chaired by HR/VP Mogherini. The plenary sessions dedicated to the regional and humanitarian aspects of the Syrian conflict will be respectively chaired by Commissioners Hahn and Stylianides.

The pledge announcement will conclude the Conference at around 18:00.

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