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23 Apr 2018 description
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Ahead of the second Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, the European Union ran an online consultation in February 2018 to seek the views of organisations working in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The consultation sought partners' views on potential themes for the conference, key challenges, lessons learned and best practice, and included a separate question on social cohesion between refugee and host communities. 108 responses to the consultation were received.

20 Apr 2018 description
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Financial tracking report – Brussels II co-chairs' statement

Supporting Syria and the region: Post-Brussels conference financial tracking, April 2018

02 Feb 2018 description
report European Union

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is launching a new operation in the Central Mediterranean to assist Italy in border control activities.

18 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On 5 April 2017, representatives of over 70 countries, international organisations and civil society came together in Brussels for the ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’ conference (Brussels conference) to build on momentum from the previous London and Kuwait conferences and mobilise funding to respond to the needs of the people affected by the Syria crisis. The EU, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United Nations (UN) co-chaired this fifth pledging conference for Syria and the region.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

02 Oct 2017 description

Peace and stability are key to achieving the Global Goals in the Arab States, EU-UNDP report says

First report on the partnership between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Arab States was released today in Brussels.

Entitled “ Empowering people and building peaceful societies”, the report showcases results of the many initiatives carried out by the EU and UNDP, impacting the lives of millions of people across the region.

05 Apr 2017 description
report European Union
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Co-chairs declaration - English version
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Co-chairs declaration - Arabic version
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Annex - Supporting the resilience of host countries and refugees in the context of the Syrian crisis - Jordan
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Annex - Supporting the resilience of host countries host countries and refugees in the context of the Syrian crisis - Lebanon
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Annex - Fundraising - Supporting the future of Syria and the region

PRESS RELEASE 188/17 05/04/2017

03 Apr 2017 description
report European Union

03/04/2017 12:20

Press release 180/17

  1. Recalling the Council Conclusions of 23 May and 17 October 2016 and the European Council Conclusions of 15 December 2016, the Council is appalled by the continuing dire situation in Syria and the persistent humanitarian, security and political issues arising from the conflict. 13.5 million Syrians are now in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria including 6.3 million internally displaced, 1.5 million living under siege conditions, and a further 5 million Syrian refugees hosted by its neighbours and the wider region.

31 Mar 2017 description
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Résumé Exécutif

Le monde doit aujourd’hui répondre à un appel à la mobilisation sans précédent face à la situation de quatre pays menacés par la famine, et à la demande croissante d’aide humanitaire et de résilience. Dans ce contexte, il est de la plus haute importance d’informer la communauté de la sécurité alimentaire à l’échelle mondiale et nationale, quant au risque de crises alimentaires et à la sévérité de ces crises. Les parties prenantes ont largement investi dans l’analyse de la sécurité alimentaire et les systèmes d’alerte précoce afin de mieux prévenir et répondre aux crises alimentaires.

15 Nov 2016 description
report European Union

FRAN QUARTERLY: ILLEGAL BORDER-CROSSINGS DROP BY MORE THAN HALF IN Q2 2016

The detections of illegal border-crossing at EU’s external borders dropped by more than half in the second quarter compared with the same period of 2015. The majority of migrants were detected on the Central Mediterranean route, where more than 51 000 migrants were rescued in international waters and brought to Italy.

24 Oct 2016 description

Cairo, 24 October 2016

European Union supports Egypt in collaboration with UNICEF to expand educational opportunities and enforce child protection systems

20 Jun 2016 description

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, today start the rehabilitation of 3,500 one-classroom community schools. This two-year initiative will cover 16 governorates across Egypt and aims to reach 1,500 schools by the end of 2016.

13 May 2016 description
report European Union

The number of migrants arriving on the Greek islands in April plunged by 90% compared to the previous month, reaching fewer than 2 700. The drop is a result of several factors, including The EU-Turkey agreement and stricter border policies applied by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at its border with Greece.

23 Jun 2015 description
report European Union

FRONTEX

2015-06-23

Since the beginning of the year some 153 000 migrants were detected at Europe’s external borders. This represents a 149% increase when compared to the same pe­riod in 2014 when 61 500 migrants entered Europe.

In May the total number of detections rose by 26% in relation to April and reached 50 500. Considering seasonal trends, it is expected that the migratory pressure will continue to increase during the summer period on all routes.

12 May 2015 description
report European Union

**Check against delivery

Thank you for the invitation that we value very much. We are here to share with you the urgent need to face the tragedies unfolding in the Mediterranean.

14 Nov 2014 description

Brussels, 31 October 2014

What is Triton?

Triton is a Frontex coordinated joint operation, requested by the Italian authorities that will start its activity as from 1 November 2014 in the Central Mediterranean to support Italy.

How have the details of the operation been defined?

25 Sep 2014 description
report European Union

H.E. Ambassador Maurizio Enrico Serra Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Office in Geneva delivered the European Union's Statement on human rights at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 16th September 2014. The statement is as follows:

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.

01 May 2014 description
report European Union

Summary: 30 April 2014, Brussels - The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Egypt for the Presidential Elections scheduled on 26-27 May 2014, in response to an invitation by the authorities. The EU has been calling for credible, and transparent elections, allowing universal participation, according to international standards.

30 Apr 2014 description
report European Union

"The EU is against the death penalty in all cases and therefore strongly opposes the recommendation of the death penalty for an additional 683 persons by a court in Minya in Egypt which has already issued a similar recommendation for 529 persons in late March. It is also of particular concern that of this latter group, the recommendation has been confirmed in the case of 37 persons.