EС Has Allocated More Than €33 Million To Lebanon In Connection With The Beirut Bombing
The European Commission (EC) has provided more than €33 million to Lebanon to overcome the consequences of the explosion in the port of Beirut, according to a statement by the EC following a telephone conversation between the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab.
"The European Commission will raise more than €33 million for emergency needs, medical support, and equipment, as well as the protection of critical infrastructure [in Beirut]. The European Commission will consider further support depending on the current assessment of humanitarian needs," it says.
Von der Leyen "highlighted the possibility of mobilizing experts and equipment to help assess the extent of damage and manage hazardous chemicals." "This may be important not only for civil structures but also for the reconstruction of the port of Beirut," the statement said.
The European Commission is also ready to explore how "to strengthen trade relations between the EU and Lebanon at this difficult time, in particular in the form of further simplification of preferential trade and customs [procedures]." "The chair also offered EU support to conduct a full assessment of the needs for urban reconstruction and reconstruction of the country, as well as assistance in discussions with international financial institutions that could help allocate further economic assistance," the EC added.