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,…
European Endowment for Democracy panel discussion tackles perspectives for change in Tunisia

European Endowment for Democracy panel discussion tackles perspectives for change in Tunisia

20 January 2020
In December 2019, members of Tunisia’s civil society attended an EED Panel discussion entitled “An evolving role for Civil Society within Tunisia's new political reality?” to discuss perspectives for change in Tunisia and the potential role of civil society in this new post-election period.…
Libya: Joint statement by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the HRVP, Josep Borrell Fontelles

Berlin Conference on Libya: Joint statement by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the HRVP, Josep Borrell Fontelles

20 January 2020
The Berlin Conference on Libya brought together the most influential regional and international partners at this critical moment in the Libyan crisis. 55 points were agreed by the attending countries and organisations. The participants have committed themselves to refrain from any measures and…
“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…
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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…
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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…
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Joint statement on the acceptance of a ceasefire in Libya

13 January 2020
The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Delegation of the European Union join the UN Support Mission for Libya in welcoming the acceptance by parties in Libya of a ceasefire on January 12 and announcement that both the GNA and LNA will halt military…
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Libya : High Representative/Vice-President Borrell meets with Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj and Foreign Minister Siala in Brussels

09 January 2020
Yesterday, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met with the Prime Minister of Libya, Mr Fayez al-Sarraj, and Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala in Brussels, in two separate meetings. The first meeting was hosted by the President of the European Council Charles Michel. A separate…
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…