EU gives 240 mln for Syrians in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon

Regional Trust Fund has provided 2 bln total now

31 March, 18:50

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MARCH 31 - With a 240-million-euro aid package, the EU on Tuesday announced increased support for Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.

    In total, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis has provided more than 2 billion euros in financial aid. The fund was originally set up in 2014 in order to tackle the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian war and will operate until 2023. Some 168 million euros of the aid package announced Tuesday will support Syrians in Lebanon, with 57.5 million for schools and facilities for children, 60.5 million for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and 10 million for Syrians in Iraq, according to a European Commission statement. EU High Representative Josep Borrell said in the statement announcing the package that the aid was a way to continue supporting Syrians and neighbouring countries in the tenth year of the crisis affecting the war-town country, as a way to help them build a future and deal with the most immediate challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANSAmed).

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