€23 million in addition to the humanitarian assistance already provided by the Commission to help Syrian population

The European Commission announced a special measure to support Syrian population and refugees. The special measure amounts to a total of €23 million and its focus will be put on projects implemented by partners with a solid track record in the country and in the region.

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9 out of 10 citizens supports EU humanitarian aid in spite of the economic crisis

The results of an Eurobarometer survey shows that, public support for humanitarian aid has gone up in the European Union in spite of the economic crisis. In addition, the results also show that there is a firm endorsement of the Commission's role in coordinating EU humanitarian aid; 71% — up 13 percentage points since 2010.

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€20 million package launched to help fight against any kind of discrimination around the world

Commissioner for Development announced the launching of a new initiative to fight discrimination in developing countries. This new package will be available for NGOs and civil society groups to tackle incidences of any kind of discrimination on the ground. The funding will be launched through the Commission's Call for Proposals in 2013.

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MEPs in favour of tougher conditions and scrutiny by EP on the new macro-financial assistance regulation

The European Parliament approved a report which stresses that emergency financial assistance from the EU for cash-strapped neighbours must depend on respect for human rights and democracy. In addition to this, MEPs also slam the Commission's plans to cut Parliament out of the decision-making process.

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€5 million in EU funds to Yemen to fight growing hunger crisis

The European Commission announced additional humanitarian aid to Yemen in response to a rapidly developing food crisis. According to the Commission, the new funds will increase and improve access to clean water, support feeding programmes, develop cash-for-work schemes and provide cash grants for 200,000 people.

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€20 million additional European funds for victims of Pakistan's floods and conflicts

The European Commission announced the allocation of €20 million in additional funding to assist victims of 2011's monsoon floods in Pakistan and people displaced by recent military interventions. The European Union's total assistance for Pakistan (including the contributions of the Commission and those of Member States) amounts to €2,458 billion for the period 2009 -2013.

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The Council will suspend restrictive measures imposed to Burma/Myanmar with the exception of the arms embargo

The Foreign Affairs Council welcomed the changes in Burma/Myanmar and therefore, in order to encourage the reform process, has decided to suspend restrictive measures imposed on the Government with the exception of the arms embargo. In a resolution adopted in last plenary session, the European Parliament called on Member States to suspend those restrictive measures.

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