EU launches 200-mln-euro projects to support Syrian refugees

BRUSSELS, June 22 (KUNA) — The European Commission announced Wednesday the launch of new projects worth more than 200 million euro to support up to one million refugees fleeing the war in Syria and to their host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. The package of projects was adopted at the fourth board meeting of the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.
The board meeting brought together the European Commission, EU Member States, representatives of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as international financial institutions, it noted in a statement.
EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said, “The EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis allows us to deliver support rapidly and effectively to those in need. In just over one year, the Fund has mobilised more than 730 million euro from EU Member States, the EU budget and Turkey.” “The funding focuses on the millions of out-of-camp refugees living in towns and cities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. We want to bring all refugee children across the region into schools by next year. We will also invest in livelihoods, urgent municipal services and social cohesion for refugees and host communities,” he added. (end) nk.mt