European Union more than doubles humanitarian funding for Syrian crisisListen /
The European Union is preparing to release an additional 50 million Euros in humanitarian funding to help Syrian civilians caught up in their country's crisis.
The announcement was made in Geneva on Friday following the Syrian Humanitarian Forum.
Claus Sorensen is the Director-General of the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO).
"The European Union announced the political commitment to put 50 million Euros more in the pot. Totally it brings the European Union member states up to 200 million. That's about $250 million. I want to thank the European citizens that right now are going through one of the worst economic crises in recent years that their member states are willing to cough up this kind of money in solidarity." (Duration: 26")
The release of funds will begin as soon as the European Parliament and the Council approve the decision.