Donors pledge €5.3bn for Syrian people and hosting communitiesEuropost , Brussels
During the second day of the fifth Brussels Conference dedicated to 'Supporting the future of Syria and the Region', co-chaired by the EU and the UN, the international community pledged €5.3bn for Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees.
The biggest share of it - €3.7bn were announced by the EU, with €1.12bn coming from the European Commission and €2.6bn from EU Member States. The Union remains the largest donor with €24.9bn of humanitarian, stabilisation and resilience assistance collectively mobilised since the onset of the crisis in 2011 to address its consequences.
Over 80 countries and international organisations were represented in the Brussels V Conference, which took place virtually on 29 and 30 March. Participants addressed the current situation in Syria and the region and renewed their support to the UN-led efforts for a comprehensive political solution to the conflict. The Brussels V Conference also provided a unique platform for dialogue with civil society in Syria and the region.
"Syrians must decide the future of Syria. And the future of Syria belongs to none of the factions and to none of the outside powers. It is for the Syrians to shape in Syrian-owned and Syrian-led negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations. In the meantime we will keep mobilising all our efforts to meet the increasing needs of the Syrian people and neighbouring countries hosting 5.6 million refugees,” High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell stressed.
The EU HR also stated that with the Brussels Conference, “the EU has brought together once again the international community to reaffirm our political and financial support to Syrians and the neighbouring countries and to a political solution to the crisis.”
Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič commented that tragically we continue to see a worsening humanitarian situation in Syria.
Saying that the EU is renewing its commitment to helping the Syrian people and the hosting communities, the Commissioner made clear that the EU is stepping up its humanitarian assistance to save lives on the ground.
Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi underscored that after 10 years of conflict in Syria, that is taking a heavy toll on the Syrian population and the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees, the status quo in the region is untenable. According to Commissioner Várhelyi, this has been one of the main messages coming out from the Brussels V Conference.
“And the EU's support will not stop with the significant financial assistance confirmed today: Our ‘New Agenda for the Mediterranean' foresees an Economic and Investment Plan that will help underpin the long term recovery of the region and help its stabilization,” he highlighted.
The Conference also accented on the importance of the solidarity shown by host countries and communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, as well as other host countries in the region such as Egypt and Iraq while underlining the challenges they face in the medium and long term.