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EU announces new assistance package for Syrian refugees

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (KUNA) -- The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis adopted Thursday new projects totalling 150 million euro (USD 176.9 million) to support refugees and their host communities in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Serbia.
Projects will support the most affected municipalities in the region, agricultural livelihoods and food security, school construction, the upgrading of waste-water systems in areas with high refugee concentration, as well as refugee protection, said the European Commission in a statement.
The newly adopted assistance package brings the overall amount of projects committed under the Trust Fund to 1.2 billion euro (USD 1.4 billion), it noted.
The assistance package was adopted today at the EU Trust Fund Board meeting. The board brought together the European Commission, members of the European Parliament, EU Member States and representatives of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the World Bank to support Syrian refugees and host communities in the region. (end) nk.mt