The Role of the EU Delegation
Since August 2011, and in response to the harsh repression of peaceful demonstrations against the government, the European Union froze financial and technical assistance programmes provided bilaterally to Syria, and gradually extended restrictive measures in areas such as oil, banking and trade to bring pressure to end violence and encourage a political solution to the conflict. EU travel bans were imposed on a number of Syrian citizens. From the outset the EU has condemned in the strongest terms human rights violations in Syria.
I invite readers to consult a comprehensive presentation of the EU’s position on Syria in the Conclusions of EU foreign ministers at its Council meeting in May 2013: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/137316.pdf
Due to the security situation in Damascus, the remaining international staff of the EU Delegation were withdrawn temporarily in December 2012, and the Delegation premises closed. The Delegation now operates from Brussels and from Beirut, with staff members, including the Chargé d’Affaires, visiting Damascus on a regular basis.
Messages can be addressed to the Delegation at email@example.com