A presidential decree has formally enacted Syria’s 2017 budget with a nominal increase of 34 percent.
The number of Syrians applying for asylum in the whole of Europe rose to 1.2 million at the end of September of whom 867 thousand applied in the EU, Norway and Switzerland.
Syria’s annual inflation rate remained very high, although stable, in May.
The Syrian President has appointed a new governor for the Hama province.
An important Russian delegation promising economic aid to Damascus visited Syria this week, although the scope and size of this aid seems again unclear.
The Kurdish-controlled self-declared autonomous region of northeastern Syria passed last week a labour law that replaces the government’s own regulations, in one of many similar moves by the Kurds in the past few years.
The EU has blacklisted 18 new Syrian government officials, in the second such addition to its sanctions list in the space of two weeks.
Syria's inflation rate was mostly stable in March and April, the last two months for which data are available, the government's statistical body has said.
New information on Syria’s 2017 budget has provided details on the government’s wage bill and other expenses.
The European Court of Justice has confirmed the blacklisting of three key Syrian businessmen.
The European Union has added ten Syrian individuals, including four members of the military and a prominent businessman, to its sanctions list.
The Syrian President has appointed a member of the security forces to head the Deir-ez-Zor province, the fourth such decision to appoint a member of the military apparatus as governor in the space of three months.
Syrians now comprise a significant share of the Lebanese labour market, according to a recent research, although historical and structural factors seem as significant as the presence of refugees.
The Syrian government is considering lifting subsidies on bread, a reflection of how strained government finances have become.
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