Seven years of war in Syria have taken an enormous toll on the civilian population in the country, causing one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has faced since World War II.
The European Union strongly condemns the killing of two journalists and their driver taken hostage by an armed group in Northern Ecuador. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims, their colleagues, friends and the people of Ecuador. This killing is also an attack against freedom of expression and freedom of press: the European Union remains committed to promoting these fundamental human rights in every part of the world. Accountability must be guaranteed and the perpetrators must be brought to justice for their crimes.
The European Union reiterates its strongest condemnation of the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, as confirmed by the OPCW/UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) and as reported continuously in recent months in Eastern Ghouta and other areas in Syria, including the most recent reports of a devastating chemical attack on Douma.
Since 2001, the European Union (EU) and its Member States have partnered with Afghanistan and the wider international community in pursuit of a common strategic interest in combating extremism and terrorism while simultaneously working towards peace and development in the country.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 10 April 2018
The European Union and its Member States continue to be the world's leading provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) with an overall amount of €75.7 billion in 2017, confirm the newly released figures by the OECD-DAC.
This amount represents 0.50% of EU Gross National Income (GNI). This is significantly above the 0.21% average of the non-EU members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), despite a small decrease compared to the previous year.