Additional 30 million euros for Syria
This follows just few days after the European Commission signed major contracts with United Nations agencies totalling 147 million euros to deliver vitally needed aid to people affected by the Syrian crisis.
The extra 30 million euros come from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and are in addition to €960 million already provided by the European Commission since the start of the crisis, including the 400 million euros comprehensive assistance package launched with the Joint EU Syria Communication of 24 June 2013.
Overall, European Commission and EU Member States together mobilised more than 2 billion euros development and humanitarian aid so far, making the EU the biggest donor. In 2013 alone, the Commission has provided €280 million in development assistance under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), 350 million euros in humanitarian relief, and 65 million euros under other aid instruments, which brings the amount of aid this year to almost 700 million euros. ■