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15/12/14 - European Commission and Italy launch first ever EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis

The European Commission and Italy have signed today the constitutive agreement to launch the first ever EU Regional Trust Fund as a new strategic financing tool to mobilise more aid in response to the Syrian Crisis. The start-up funding provided amounts to 20 million from the EU budget and 3 million from Italy as the first founding donor. Additional funding is foreseen for 2015. The EU Trust Fund will initially focus on support to refugees and host communities in Syria's neighbouring countries.

15/12/14 - FACT SHEET - The European Union and Syria

The European Union has responded decisively to the violent repression of anti-government protests in Syria, which began in March 2011.