EU’s Instrument for Stability: a key contributor in EU responses to international conflicts and crises in 2012
EU News 353/2013
Brussels, 29 July 2013
The European Commission adopted a report on the activities undertaken in 2012 under the Instrument for Stability (IfS), one of the key European Union instruments for external assistance. This (sixth) annual report1 demonstrates the wide range of contributions that the mobilisation of EUR 286 million of IfS funds in 2012 has made to the EU’s work in helping prevent conflicts and responding to crises and security and other threats worldwide.
Response to conflicts and crises around the world
With new and ongoing actions in over 50 countries, the EU has been using the IfS to respond rapidly to many unfolding events around the world. In response to the Syrian crisis, a substantial regional support programme was put in place to help the affected population groups in Syria and the surrounding countries. In Asia, assistance was given to set up a Peace Centre in Burma/Myanmar which serves as a focal point for the country’s evolving peace process. In North Africa, IfS support is helping Libya, Niger, Mali and other countries to deal with some of the many security and other challenges that the Sahara and Sahel regions are confronted with.
1] Instrument for Stability 2012 Annual Report to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
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