Due in large part to the ongoing Syrian crisis, Lebanon continues to face significant challenges across several areas, and conditions have reached a tipping point. Constant violence, terrorist attacks and a rapidly growing refugee population have all taken their toll on the Middle Eastern country.
Since the start of 2014, EuropeAid and the U.N. Development Program have launched several tenders and grants with the intention of easing the situation in Lebanon. Both agencies recognize the urgency of alleviating the refugee problem while also addressing the needs of the Lebanese population.
As of October 2013, the EU has allocated 222.87 million euros ($301.18 million) to help Lebanon respond to these challenges. Of this amount, 85 million euros was coursed through the European Neighborhood Partnership Instrument, 2.57 million euros through the Instrument for Stability and 135.3 million euros through the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection unit, or ECHO.
The EU is currently implementing a three-year partnership plan for Lebanon, which will be carried out until 2015. In its most recent country progress report, the European Commission noted several challenges in areas of governance, justice, human rights and trade. In the same statement, the commission recommended that efforts for 2014 should be geared toward achieving the following goals: