Written Question: Rebuilding Syria

(Source: European Parliament)  

Date submitted: 9 June 2021

Question for written answer E-003051/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Athanasios Konstantinou (NI)

Subject: Rebuilding Syria

The recent elections in Syria have returned Assad to power by an overwhelming majority.

Following a decade of conflict triggered by the fallout from the Arab Spring, Syria is now confronted with the enormous challenges of rebuilding homes and infrastructures. It will need help to relaunch its economy, stabilise its currency and restore public services and utilities, in particular education, healthcare, power supplies and water.

Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and China have already come forward with offers of help to rebuild the country.

The stabilisation of Syria and the normalisation of EU relations with President Assad are in the interest of stability in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. Rapprochement with Damascus will help improve the living conditions of the Syrian people and deter countries such as Turkey from further destabilising the situation through additional support for terrorist organisations in the region.

In view of this:

Will the Commission ensure that EU policy is aligned with the current situation on the ground and the challenges arising and contributes to reconstruction by abolishing sanctions targeting Damascus in certain specific sectors and focusing on humanitarian aid and the restoration of basic infrastructures?

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