BEIRUT: The European Commission said Thursday it was extending 22 million euros ($29 million) of additional funding to Lebanon. Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule met with Lebanon’s Ambassador to the EU Rami Mortada to inform him about the additional financial support made available to the country, the statement said.
“This new support responds to the current urgent needs of the Lebanese society, which is facing increasing social tensions, especially due to the uncertain economic outlook and the instability caused by the crisis in Syria,” Fule was quoted as saying.
The sum includes 8 million euros earmarked for human rights training for security forces, the statement said, adding that 10 million euros would go to the Central Administration for Statistics. Some 4 million euros will go to improving housing and health conditions for Palestinian refugees.
The funding is part of the EC’s annual action plan 2013 for Lebanon.
“It [the funding] was approved in light of the recent events in the region which are affecting Lebanese stability and security to a great extent,” the statement said.
The 8 million euro fund will go toward improving the effectiveness and the democratic control of the Lebanese security agencies “in line with the respect for human rights and with the rule of law,” the statement said.
The CAS will get help in producing better quality social statistics, the statement said, with the aim of improving the quality of the social services offered by Lebanon’s National Social Security Fund.
The EU has already committed 235 million euros in support to Lebanon since the start of the Syrian refugee crisis, the statement said. About 65 euros million covered humanitarian assistance for refugees and 170 million euros targeted socio-economic support of the hosting communities, the statement added.