The Syria trust fund, used to help Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, will also be used to help the migrants who made it to Macedonia and Serbia, an EU official said on Monday (1 February).
EU leaders gathered in Brussels for their last summit meeting of the year on Thursday (18 December). They overcame divisions on Juncker's investment plan. On Russia, new European Council President Donald Tusk pushed to have a united front and long-term strategy.
The EU commissioners dealing with development cooperation and humanitarian aid have pledged more work on “resilience”, defined as the ability of individuals and communities to recover from shocks and stresses.
EXCLUSIVE / EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has urged the United Nations Security Council to adopt a declaration on the humanitarian situation in Syria, telling EURACTIV in an interview that such a decision could greatly improve the fate of millions of citizens, half of them children, who are trapped by the ongoing civil war.
Some 50 donors, among whom the largest was the EU, promised a total of 7.3 billion euros for the reconstruction of earthquake-hit Haiti at a conference in New York yesterday (31 March). The EU contribution amounts to €1.235 billion, the bloc's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton announced.