Gulf Middle East

400 million more for Syria. Where do they come from ?

(BRUSSELS2) The release of an additional 400 million euros for humanitarian aid in Syria and neighboring countries, announced at the beginning of June by the President of the Commission José-Manuel Barroso, was surprising, including within the institution (read : 400 million additional euros for the Syrians. But messed up at the Commission). We now know a little more where the money comes from.

First clarification: these are budgetary commitments coming from chapter 4 of the budget (external action). The entire sum will not be spent in 2013. It will be divided into two approximately equal parts: 218 million euros are budgeted for 2013 payments and 182 million euros for 2014 payments.

Second clarification. The sums come from three budget lines: humanitarian aid (250 million euros), the Mediterranean Cooperation Instrument (145 million) and the Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (5 million). .

Third clarification. The “humanitarian” line being almost dry, we carried out redeployments and reprogramming of other budget lines in chapter 4. Almost all budget lines were thus called upon (such as the CFSP budgets and the stability instrument) :

  • the emergency humanitarian reserve (EAR) = 70 million (including 37 million in 2013 payments)
  • the budget for the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) = 40 million
  • Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) = 40 million (fully paid in 2013)
  • the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) = 30 million (fully paid in 2013)
  • the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) = 25 million (including 15 million in 2013 payments)
  • Macroeconomic financial assistance (MFA) = 25 million (including 15 million in 2013 payments)
  • Stability Instrument (SI) = 15 million.
  • the civil protection budget = 2,7 million (fully paid in 2013)
  • NB: the humanitarian aid budget only contributes 2,3 million euros.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).