EU heads of state or government will meet on 30 August in Brussels for a special meeting of the European Council on the appointment of a new President of the European Council and a new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
In light of the latest developments, leaders will also discuss international developments, in particular the situations in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza.
29 August 2014, Brussels - The Syria crisis has become the largest humanitarian and security disaster in the world. An estimated 10.8 million people inside Syria need assistance. Out of these, more than 6.4 million people are internally displaced. Around 4.7 million people reside in areas that are hard to reach, including about 241 000 people in areas that are besieged by either government or opposition forces.
19 August 2014, Brussels - The European Union – the Commission and Member States - is the world's largest donor of humanitarian aid. EU work in this area has the overwhelming support of European citizens: nine out of ten say it's important that the EU funds humanitarian aid according to the most recent Eurobarometer survey.
The European Commission helped 124 million people in more than 90 countries in 2013 and this year it continues to assist those in the greatest need.