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The following is an interview conducted by The Syria Report with Dan Stoenescu, head of the European Union Delegation to Syria. Mr Stonescu talks about a variety of issues, including the outcomes of the latest Brussels conference, the renewal of the U.N. resolution on the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing, the OFAC licence authorising investment in Syria's northern areas, the ties between member states and the Syrian government.
Some EUR 6.4 billion was pledged towards funding the international humanitarian aid effort in Syria during the 2022 Brussels Conference held on May 10. The amount is higher than last year and from what was originally expected. Of this amount, EUR 4.1 billion is allocated for this year and EUR 2.3 billion for 2023.
Pledges for the upcoming Brussels conference on the humanitarian crisis in Syria are expected to decrease in line with the downward trend of pledges since 2021 due to funding shortfalls, donor fatigue, and the potential impacts of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Donors pledged EUR 5.3 billion (USD 6.4 billion) towards humanitarian relief efforts for Syria at a recent conference -- a decrease on last year’s commitments and only around half the funds needed. As the conflict entered its second decade, most countries reduced funding, though both the European Union and Germany increased their contributions.


The Brussels conference on humanitarian aid to Syria managed to generate pledges of EUR 4.9 billion from donor countries, falling below both the funding needs of around EUR 7.7 billion and last year’s pledges of EUR 6.1 billion. The United States was the only large donor to pledge a higher amount this year.


The annual international donors conference for Syria managed to collect much less than last year and than the expectations of international agencies.