European Union holds meeting in Finland to discuss humanitarian situation in Syria

The European Union in coordination with the government of Finland held on Saturday a meeting of senior humanitarian officials to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and the situation of humanitarian donors, with the preparation of NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

A statement published by the European Commission said that since the beginning of the conflict in Syria eleven years ago, the humanitarian situation has become worse than ever, noting that this is due to “the continuation of hostilities and violations of international humanitarian law, the acute water and food crisis, the economic and financial crises, the Corona pandemic, and security and safety challenges.”

“The eleventh anniversary of the civil war in Syria this year is a tragic milestone for a conflict that has caused unbelievable suffering and grief,” said EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič.

Lenarčič indicated that “there are now more Syrians in dire need of food assistance than ever before,” stressing that the European Union continues to support Syrian people who need assistance.

He noted that “the European Union has mobilized more than 25 billion euros in humanitarian aid to increase stability and resilience.”