The European Union (EU) will increase its financial aid to Lebanon – Famagusta Gazette

The European Union (EU) will increase its financial assistance to Lebanon by €75 million (US$73.83 million) in 2022 to support the country in the face of its difficult social and economic situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Port of Beirut explosions.

“We will increase the amount of our aid to Lebanon to establish good governance and strengthen state institutions and the various parties involved in this process”, said Oliver Varhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, quoted in a statement released by the Lebanese. presidency after his meeting at Baabda Palace with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Europe is grateful for Lebanon’s tremendous efforts to host refugees and notes that Lebanon’s hosting of Syrian refugees is beyond the country’s capacity, Varhelyi said, adding that “this is why the EU has allocated 154 million euros this year to help Lebanon adapt”. to this reality. »

For his part, Aoun urged the European Commissioner to help Lebanon implement its strategy to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.

Aoun also gave Varhelyi insight into the impact of hosting Syrian refugees on Lebanon’s infrastructure and various aspects of life in the country. ■