Syria: EU Commission, 50 mln extra to help Jordan

Assistance will focus on education services for refugees

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 04 - The European Commission will provide additional assistance of 50 million euros to Jordan to alleviate the impact of the high influx of refugees from Syria, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fule, announced during his visit to Amman. ''Jordan is playing a vital role in providing support and hospitality to the Syrian refugees in their time of need'' Fule said. ''We realise the burden this creates on Jordan's resources and the resulting enormous strain the country is put under. The EU remains deeply committed to assisting the Jordanian Government in its response to the refugee crisis'' declared the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy. The additional assistance will focus on strengthening Jordanian institutions, in particular in the areas of education services for Syrian refugees. 25 million from the announced additional support will be mobilised very quickly and will help Jordanian authorities in educating Syrian refugee children in the country. Out of this support 5 million will be allocated to UNICEF to continue the education of Syrian refugee children in the Jordanian refugee camps. A further amount of 25 million will be made available in the coming months and will mainly support the Jordanian government in providing health services to refugees. The announcement of an additional 50 million constitutes a significant increase and brings the total amount of financial assistance provided by the European Commission to Jordan in relation to the Syrian crisis to 137 million since its outbreak. (ANSAmed)

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