BRUSSELS, The EU via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis - adopted a Euros 100 million new assistance package to support the resilience of refugees, internally displaced person,IDP, host communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. This will be done through the strengthening of public service delivery systems, improved access to higher education, and improved child protection services, according to the EU news website, EUROPA.

With this new package Euros 1.6 billion out of a total of Euros 1.8 billion mobilised by the EU Trust Fund have now been turned into financing concrete actions helping refugees and host countries alike.

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said: "The EU delivers on its commitments. With these additional Euros 100 million of assistance, the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis continues to support refugees to become increasingly economically self-reliant. Through access to income generating opportunities, they are able to take their livelihoods in their own hands, provide for themselves, and preserve their dignity. At the same time we are supporting host communities and Syria's neighbours in their effort to expand their economies while coping with challenges related to the conflict which is still ongoing".

The newly adopted Euros 100 million aid package consists of the following actions: Euros 55 million to support the resilience of refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq; Euros 28.4 million for access to higher education for refugees and vulnerable host youth in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq; Euros 12.5 million to provide protection services to children and women victim of gender based violence in Lebanon; Euros 3.6 million to continue and strengthen the Trust Fund's horizontal monitoring and evaluation framework.

Source: Emirates News Agency