As the conflict in Syria drags on, life for Syrian refugees in Lebanon continues to become increasingly harsh. Lebanon hosts more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees – around one in four of its current population. With severe restrictions in accessing the labour market, Syrian refugee households are getting deeper into debt and finding it hard to access food and other basics. Preliminary findings of a UN report found that the number of refugee households living below the poverty line had almost doubled in the past year. EU humanitarian aid helps to support the ‘Lebanon cash consortium’ – a group of six humanitarian partners, including ACTED – to provide multi-purpose cash assistance to severely socio-economically vulnerable families.
The Syrian crisis has become the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The EU is the leading donor in the international response to the Syrian crisis, with over €5 billion from the EU and Member States collectively in humanitarian, development, economic and stabilisation assistance.
The European Union and the Government of Swaziland met on 2 February 2016 to review the performance of their cooperation in 2015 and to agree on the priorities for 2016 and beyond. The meeting was held at Sibane Hotel in Ezulwini. The review concluded that Swaziland cooperation with the EU was not only proceeding to the satisfaction of the partners but was also growing from strength to strength.
A l'instar d'acteurs régionaux et internationaux, la Commission européenne participe aujourd'hui à la première Conférence internationale de l'Initiative de transparence des pêches (FITI) tenue aujourd'hui à Nouakchott, Mauritanie, sous les auspices du Président Abdel Aziz. La transparence est un principe-clé de l'approche par l'UE de la politique de la pêche européenne et internationale.