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Over the past two days, the EU and the UN have co-chaired the Brussels II Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”. The Conference brought together delegations from over 85 countries, international organisations and civil society, who collectively committed to continued engagement and support for a UN-led political solution in Syria and for Syrians and the neighbouring countries. At thejoint EU-UN press conferenceyesterday, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “There was common ground in reconfirming that there is no military solution to the war in Syria and that there is a need, recognised by everybody, to relaunch the political process. There is also agreement on the key role of the UN in leading this process to ensure that the political process is meaningful, inclusive, and represents all Syrians in intra-Syrian talks, and that this takes place in line with the UNSC resolutions already adopted”. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, concluded the Conference announcing the global commitment of €3.5 billion for 2018, as well as multi-year pledges of €2.7 billion for 2019-2020. The EU and Member States contributed with €4,8 billion out of the €6.2 billion pledged until 2020, which corresponds to some 77% of all funds pledged during the Conference. The Commission itself pledged new funding of €560 million for 2019 for assisting refugees inside Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, thus maintaining the level of its engagement. This reconfirms the EU as the leading donor for the Syria crisis. Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations and Neighbourhood policy Johannes Hahn highlighted that: “Creating and maintaining perspectives for a decent life beyond war is a focus of the EU efforts. The only way forward is to foster inclusive economic growth in the countries hosting Syrian refugees, not just for this moment but for the longer term: creating job opportunities and better education, fostering an atmosphere of confidence for investors, improving the business climate and investing in individuals. The EU is more than a donor. It is also a partner on the pathway towards economic recovery, building a better future for the region”.
Prime Minister, Ministers, Excellencies, conference participants,
I have spent a lot of this week listening. On Monday I heard from young people from the region, whose determination to turn impossible situations into success was quite remarkable.
Today 24 and tomorrow 25 April the EU is hosting the second Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" (#SyriaConf2018), co-chaired together with the United Nations.
I would like this event to be as informal as possible so that we give the opportunity to the children, students and young entrepreneurs from Syria, Jordan and Lebanon who have joined us this afternoon, to feel at ease, to talk, to share their experiences.
Washington, D.C., April 21, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the European Union, and Germany signed agreements today to support the Ukrainian government’s work in reducing energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector.
On 24th April 2018, EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Christos Stylianides, European Commission Directors-General Monique Pariat and Christian Danielsson and high level representatives from the UN and key donors will gather in Brussels for a Day of Dialogue with over 200 NGOs from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
National public administrations, embassies and consulates share a common duty: assisting citizens in times of crisis. Today in Brussels, the European Commission's Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) Instrument, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the U.S. Department of State are organising the first ever joint EU-US workshop on consular crisis management. The main objective of the workshop, which is funded by the EU Partnership Instrument (PI), is to exchange experiences on consular crisis interventions, share best practises and strengthen cooperation between EU countries and their partner countries. Specifically, the meeting will focus on cooperation between public and private sector, effective outreach to citizens travelling affected regions, as well as the use of social media – and other means of communication – before and during crises.
Vice-President Dombrovskis as well as Commissioners Hahn, Mimica and Moscovici will travel to Washington DC (USA) for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Spring Meetings on 19-21 April.
The EU plans to reinforce its support to Cahul and Ungheni regions in the Republic of Moldova to boost local social-economic development and reduce the gap between Chisinau and the rest of the Republic of Moldova. European Commission Director for the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood, Lawrence Meredith, was in Cahul today to meet with local authorities, visit the local business incubator recently established with EU support and talk to university students at the University of Cahul. During the visit, Mr. Meredith, said: "The EU's support to the Republic of Moldova is focused on bringing tangible benefits to the lives of citizens across the country. We have already achieved a lot working with the regions of Moldova, but we want to do more to give citizens the opportunity to live and work in regions such as Cahul and Ungheni."
The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package, including seven individual reports, assessing the implementation of the European Union's enlargement policy which is based on established criteria and fair and rigorous conditionality. Progress along the European path is an objective and merit-based process which depends on the concrete results achieved by each individual country, with the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights being an utmost priority. A credible enlargement perspective requires sustained efforts and irreversible reforms. The EU Enlargement is an investment in peace, security and stability in Europe: a prospect of EU membership has a powerful transformative effect on the partners in the process, embedding positive democratic, political, economic and societal change.