EU increases financial assistance for the victims of the conflict in SyriaApril 1, 2015
Hat: EU increases financial assistance for the victims of the conflict in Syria
Funding Scheme: 2015-04-01
During the Third International Pledging Conference for Syria held on 31 March in Kuwait, the EU announced that it would increase its financial support in order to help the victims of Syria’s crisis.
Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to € 1.1 billion – double the overall EU pledge at the 2014 Conference. Of this, €500 million in humanitarian aid, early recovery and longer-term stabilisation assistance come from the EU budget, which nearly triples the contribution from last year. EU Member States also increased their pledges compared to 2014.
Since the start of the conflict in Syria, more than 11.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes, including 3.9 million who fled to neighbouring countries, and more than 12 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance inside Syria alone, an increase of 30 percent compared to one year ago. The EU and its Member States have thus far mobilised €3.35 billion. In addition, the EU has recently set up the “Madad” Trust Fund for Syria in order to improve the delivery of assistance for resilience and recovery activities in Syria and its neighbouring countries affected by the conflict.
Last year, the EU’s combined pledge (Commission and Member States) was the biggest contribution at Kuwait II (€550 million), representing one third of the overall amount pledged.
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