The European Union plans to step up its support for Syria including support for post-war reconstruction. The proposal, presented by the EU's High Representative for foreign and security policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, comes as Syria suffers its 6th year of conflict and following the resumption of the UN-led talks in Geneva, supported by a ceasefire mechanism established as a result of the Astana talks.
"There is much the European Union is ready to do, together with the United Nations and the rest of the international community." High Representative Mogherini said.
"The Syrians want peace, … , they want and deserve to finally have the possibility to shape the future of their country. We are at their side to support the future of Syria."
The plan assesses the risks and threats posed by the continuation of the war to the EU's core interests, regional and global stability, and sets out of clear objectives for the EU's policy for Syria.
Supporting the resilience of states and societies (hyperlink) in countries of our region is a top priority of the EU Global Strategy. The aim is to increase the ability to withstand and recover from crisis and conflict and help people build a future in their own country.
Since the outbreak of the conflict the EU has mobilised more than €9.4 billion in aid, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance and resilience support to the Syrian people and neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. The Union will continue its intensive support for the UN political process in Syria and work to strengthen the Syrian political opposition and civil society, while remaining the world's leading donor to the Syrian crisis.
These plans go hand in hand with the Brussels Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” on 5 April 2017 that the EU will co-chair with the UN, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom.