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9 February 2016, Brussels - The EU and its Member States have been supporting Greece in managing the continuing arrival of refugees and migrants by providing emergency assistance items and equipment.
As part of this two cargo planes carrying relief items for refugees landed last week in Athens. This new delivery of aid was made possible by the UK which provided the winter equipment, and the European Commission which helped the operation via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and covered 85% of the transport costs.
5 February 2016, Brussels - "We need a stop of the fighting, a lifting of all sieges.
We need all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians. To grant those most in need full access to humanitarian aid in respect of international humanitarian law.
We appeal to all parties to the conflict to show restraint and ensure the protection of the people of Syria. London was a welcome and much needed sign of unity. Actions on the ground should follow this spirit and not further aggravate the human suffering. The people of Syria have already suffered enough."
4 February 2016, Brussels – The European Union and its Member States pledged today more than €3 billion to assist the Syrian people inside Syria as well as refugees and the communities hosting them in the neighbouring countries for the year 2016.
The pledge triples the EU support offered at the last donor conference on 31 March 2015, and comes on top of the €5 billion that the EU has already committed in response to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.