The European Union institutions and member states contributed close to 60% more than their original pledges at last year's Brussels Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region", an EU report published today showed. The international community exceeded its pledge by almost 40%. A Third Brussels Conference will take place next week from 12-14 March.
The EU and its Member States contributed €4 billion in 2018. The EU institutions, Germany and the UK were the biggest grant donors to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Syria in 2018, while the European Investment Bank is the biggest loan donor for the 2018-2020 period.
The financial tracking report looks at progress against pledges made at last year's Brussels II Conference.
At the last Brussels conference on 24-25 April 2018, the international community pledged €3.5 billion in funding to support humanitarian, stabilisation and development activities for 2018 in Syria and the region, and a further €2.9 billion for 2019-2020. International financial institutions and donors also announced almost €17.2 billion in loans for 2018-2020.
The contributions address human and humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees and of the local communities of the countries hosting them.