Commissioner Johannes Hahn visits Jordan and Lebanon

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will visit Jordan on Thursday 28 January and Lebanon on 29 January. The aim of the mission is to reiterate the EU support to Jordan and Lebanon which are undertaking outstanding efforts in hosting refugees since the onset of the Syria crisis. In this context, the Commissioner will discuss with political representatives in Jordan and Lebanon the preparations in the run-up to the London conference (4 February). The London conference is dedicated to secure additional financial support for the major host countries Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey and to support initiatives such as the “Global Education” initiative of UN Special Envoy Gordon Brown. The visit to Jordan and Lebanon is aimed also at intensifying cooperation between the EU and the two key-partners fostering economic development. Commissioner Hahn will visit EU-funded projects for the education of the Syrian students in both Jordan and Lebanon. Ahead of the visit commissioner Hahn said: “Education is a priority in the EU’s response to the Syrian crisis. We need to undertake every effort to offer Syrian youth, who are running the risk of becoming a “lost generation”, a perspective which will help them to pay a valuable contribution to the reconstruction of their home-country once this terrible war has ended.” Videos and photos of the visit will be available on EbS.