Safir : a new EU-cofunded project  to support 15 youth-led media initiatives in Southern Mediterranean countries

Safir : a new EU-cofunded project to support 15 youth-led media initiatives in Southern Mediterranean countries

21 January 2020
The Safir project, co-funded by the European Union, will implement actions to support innovative social entrepreneurship in favour of Southern Mediterranean youth. The project will be deployed as early as March 2020 in seven countries: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan.…
EU humanitarian budget for 2020 to help people in over 80 countries

EU humanitarian budget for 2020 to help people in over 80 countries

21 January 2020
On Monday 20 January, the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget for 2020 worth €900 million. The EU is the leading global humanitarian aid donor and helps people in over 80 countries. From protracted conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, to severe food crises,…
“Making it work – Refugees in the Land of the Cedards” exhibition

“Making it work – Refugees in the Land of the Cedars” exhibition : a new comic book illustrating the daily life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

17 January 2020
Première Urgence Internationale, a European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis (EUTF Syria) partner, held on December 2019 a successful event to launch “Making it work – Refugees in the Land of the Cedars”, a comic book about the daily life of Syrian refugees and vulnerable…
European Economic and Social Committee president Luca Jahier

European Economic and Social Committee president Luca Jahier: Now more than ever, it's time for the EU to speak with one voice

16 January 2020
Here is an excerpt of the statement that the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) president Luca Jahier published on 14 January: On behalf of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), representing the organised civil society at EU level, I am deeply concerned about the increased…
EU-funded scholarships empower Syrian refugees

EU-funded scholarships empower Syrian refugees

15 January 2020
EU-funded scholarship programmes are helping young Syrian refugees pursue an education, learn hands-on job skills and become self-reliant in tough circumstances. But thanks to projects financed by the €1.9 billion EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, these young people with…
11th plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM)

11th plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) to be held on 22-23 January 2020

14 January 2020
The 11th plenary session of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) will take place in Barcelona, Spain on 22 and 23 January 2020 at the invitation of Ms Ada Colau Ballano, Mayor of Barcelona and hosted by the Union for the Mediterranean. The ARLEM members will adopt the Action…
EU-Syria flags

Joint Statement by High Representative/ Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the situation in Syria

14 January 2020
The European Union welcomes the decision by the United Nations Security Council on 10 January to extend the authorization for cross-border humanitarian assistance to people in need in Syria. In light of the huge humanitarian needs in northern Syria, failure by the Council to agree on an extension…
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange : new online course on gender in/equality in media and journalism in February

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange : new online course on gender in/equality in media and journalism in February

13 January 2020
Interested in journalism and gender equality? Register for the new Erasmus + Virtual Echange online course “Gender In/Equality in Media and Journalism” that will be held from 3 February to 6 March 2020. The application deadline is 20 January. “Gender In/Equality in Media and Journalism” provides…
Irregular migration into EU at lowest level since 2013

Irregular migration into EU at lowest level since 2013

09 January 2020
The number of irregular border crossings detected on the European Union’s external borders last year fell to the lowest level since 2013 due to a drop in the number of people reaching European shores via the Central and Western Mediterranean routes. Preliminary 2019 data collected by Frontex, the…
Statement by President von der Leyen

Statement by President von der Leyen after the special College meeting on 8 January 2020

08 January 2020
President von der Leyer issued the following statement on 8 January 2020 after the special College meeting: This morning the College met to discuss the situation stemming from the tensions in Iraq, Iran, the wider Middle East as well as Libya. And while we are standing here, we are still following…