Ahead of the Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” to be held on 4-5 April 2017 in Brussels, EU foreign affairs ministers, meeting today in Luxembourg, have endorsed the EU strategy for Syria, based on the joint communication proposed by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Commission.
The EU’s strategic objectives in Syria focus on six key areas:
The Council reiterated that the EU will be ready to assist in the reconstruction of Syria only when a comprehensive, genuine and inclusive political transition, negotiated by the Syrian parties in the conflict on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015) and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, is firmly under way. It also confirmed its commitment to providing support to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, as well as Iraq and Egypt, who have demonstrated their commitment and resilience in hosting millions of Syrian refugees over the past few years.
Council conclusions on Syria (03/04/2017)
Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: Elements for an EU Strategy for Syria
“Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” Conference webpage
EEAS webpage on EU actions related to the Syria crisis.