Syrian crisis: EU ready to step up on partnerships with Lebanon and Jordan
The Council agreed on the way forward on partnership priorities and compacts with Jordan for the period 2016-2018 and with Lebanon for the period 2016-2020. The partnership priorities will guide the EU’s bilateral relations with the two countries. The compacts are the framework through which the mutual commitments made at the London Conference on “Supporting Syria and The Region Conference” (February 2016) are translated into actions...The compacts focus on strengthening the economic resilience of the host countries, while enhancing economic opportunities for Syrian refugees, through increased protection and access to employment and quality education. This will contribute to provide an appropriate and safe environment for refugees and displaced persons from Syria during their temporary stay in these countries...EU-Jordan partnership priorities are set to include regional stability and security, including counter-terrorism; economic stability, sustainable and knowledge-based growth, quality education and job creation and democratic governance, the rule of law and human rights...Partnership priorities in EU-Lebanon relations for the coming years are set to include: security and countering terrorism, governance and the rule of law, fostering growth and job opportunities, migration and mobility.