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News article18 March 2021Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”: Report on consultations with civil society

10 years after the beginning of the Syria crisis, engaging with civil society remains central to the European Union’s work in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is why, in the run-up to the Brussels V Conference on supporting the future of...

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10 years after the beginning of the Syria crisis, engaging with civil society remains central to the European Union’s work in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is why, in the run-up to the Brussels V Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region (29-30 March 2021) the EU has conducted an extensive consultation in the region, in order to gather substantive civil society contribution to the Conference as well as their input for future decision-making.

The insights and recommendations of 1.572 participants from civil society representatives from Syria and the region, international NGOs, local authorities, academia, and individuals resulted in the Report on the Civil society consultations.

The consultation points to the appetite of civil society and local organisations for greater involvement in all aspects of assistance in the response to the Syria crisis. Support to livelihoods and education are highlighted as the most important priorities for support, alongside the importance of the “triple nexus” of humanitarian aid, development, and peace, crucial for promoting sustainable solutions to the crisis.

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