Press Releases Media advisory: Seventh Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region”, 14-15 June

Media advisory: Seventh Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria and the region”, 14-15 June

The VII. Brussels Conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” will take place on Thursday 15 June, in Brussels. The Ministerial segment of the annual international event organised by the EU will be preceded by the Day of Dialogue, which will take place on Wednesday 14 June in the European Parliament.

The Conference aims to reiterate EU’s commitment and support for the Syrian people and mobilise humanitarian and financial support to address the growing needs of the affected Syrian population – living in Syria and in neighbouring countries. It also aims to rally the international community’s political and financial support to host communities in the wider region, that have shown solidarity towards displaced people and refugees, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Türkiye, Egypt, and Iraq.

The Conference will also offer a platform to renew international engagement for a political solution to the conflict, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

The Day of Dialogue will offer a unique platform for civil society from inside Syria, the region, and the diaspora to discuss, through several panels, some of the key challenges faced by the Syrian people. The Dialogue aims at reconfirming and enhancing the political support of the international community for these crucial actors.

The Ministerial will bring together State actors, notably EU Member States, Syria’s neighbouring States, and third countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations and other international organisations. The High Representative Josep Borrell will co-chair the conference on behalf of the European Union, together with Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, and Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.

The European Union and its Member States are the largest donors in support of the Syrian people, with over EUR 30 billion mobilised since 2011. Last year the European Union and its Member States contribute to 75% of the Conference pledges. Brussels VII conference will be the main pledging event for Syria and the region in 2023.

For more information on the conference please consult the Brussels VII. Conference website, available in English and Arabic.

Press engagements, videos, and photos of the Conference will be published and broadcasted on Council live   and EbS.

Registration for accreditations                              

Media representatives wishing to cover the Ministerial meeting in person are required to register in advance, following this link.

The deadline to register is Friday 9 June 2023 at 14 CET.

For more information, please also consult the Media accreditation page.

Media representatives are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible to allow for sufficient time to process the requests.

Media representatives in possession of the European Council annual badge will also be able to access this event’s media opportunities. No additional registration is required.

Media representatives wishing to cover the Day of Dialogue in person are required to register via the online registration platform. Due to restricted space availability, applicants will receive a confirmation of their physical participation via e-mail.

The Deadline to register is 8 June 2023 at 12:00 CET

Information regarding badge collection, media facilities available and their opening hours will be communicated via email in due course to accredited journalists.

Press conferences

The press conference will be in hybrid format, with the possibility of physical participation in the room as well as to join virtually. Practical and connection details on the press conferences and possible national briefings will be shared at a later stage.

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