The EU's relations with Syria

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  • 19/01/2015
    Press release following the meeting between the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby Press release following the meeting between the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby <p>The High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini met today with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby, in Brussels.</p> 01/19/2015 17:48:23 01/19/2015 17:48:23 01/19/2015 17:48:23 01/07/2016 17:48:23 2015011917 090126248e1618b6 N 090126248e1618b6 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_en.htm 11268 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Press release following the meeting between the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr. Nabil El Araby
  • 15/01/2015
    Meeting between the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Meeting between the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif <p>The High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini met this evening with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels.</p> 01/15/2015 22:15:54 01/15/2015 22:15:54 01/15/2015 22:15:54 01/03/2016 22:15:54 2015011522 090126248e0a8e5b N 090126248e0a8e5b /statements-eeas/2015/150115_02_en.htm 10906 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150115_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150115_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150115_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150115_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Meeting between the High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
  • 15/12/2014
    Main Results of the Foreign Affairs Council, December 2014pdf

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The EU assists refugees who have fled the violence inside SyriaThe EU assists refugees who have fled the violence inside Syria

Relations between the European Union and Syria are governed by the Cooperation Agreement signed in 1977. Negotiations on an Association Agreement were frozen in May 2011. Bilateral cooperation programmes under the European Neighbourhood Policy have been suspended, as has participation by the Syrian authorities in the EU’s regional programmes.

In August 2011, and in response to the harsh repression of peaceful demonstrations against the government, the EU froze financial and technical assistance programmes provided bilaterally to Syria, and gradually extended restrictive measures in areas such as oil, banking and trade. The aim has been to encourage an end to violence and a political solution to the conflict. EU travel bans have been imposed on a number of Syrian citizens. From the outset, the EU has condemned human rights violations in Syria in the strongest terms. 

By 2014, the Syria crisis had become the largest humanitarian and security disaster in the world. The EU, with its Member States, is leading the international response. Around €2.8 billion has been mobilised for relief and recovery assistanceto Syrians inside their country as well as to refugees and their host communities. The EU calls for the respect of international humanitarianlaw, the protection of civilians and the safety of humanitarian personnel.

In response to the conflict in Syria and its consequences both in Syria and in neighbouring countries, the EU adopted a joint communication mapping out a comprehensive EU approach in June 2013

The EU has contributed significant funds to supporting international efforts to locate and destroy Syrian chemical weapons and maintains pressure on Syria to ensure that the chemical weapons programme is completely and irreversibly dismantled.

Europeans fighting in Syria are an issue of serious concern, also from the perspective of the EU’s internal security.

The EU reiterates that there can only be a political solution to the crisis in Syria, and supports the international community’s efforts, notably those of the Special Representative of the United Nations.