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Parliamentary questions
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8 March 2019
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006209/2018

In line with the Council Conclusions on Yemen adopted in 2017 and 2018(1) the EU remained active in the political, humanitarian and development dimensions of the crisis. In this context the EU continued to back the United Nations (UN)-led process, calling on all parties to the conflict to engage constructively with the UN Special Envoy in view of resuming peace talks. Such EU support includes technical assistance, expertise and financial contributions to various international mechanisms and funds. EU programmes address immediate, medium, and long-term needs, with a particular focus on resilience. The EU has so far provided EUR 244 million in long term development assistance, making the EU one of the leading development donors in Yemen.

The EU is also one of the main humanitarian donors in Yemen, leading advocacy efforts to ensure full humanitarian access, with more than EUR 314 million provided since 2015. In coordination with the UN and other donors it has also convened several awareness-raising initiatives on the conflict, promoted trust building among parties and comprehensive reflections on the future of the country.

In addition to the abovementioned assistance, and during the Pledging Conference for Yemen held in Geneva on 26 February 2019, the EU announced its intention to provide additional EUR 162 million in humanitarian, development and recovery assistance during the course of 2019.

As the conflict compounded pre-existing economic woes in the country, with devastating effects on the Yemeni livelihoods it requires a complex policy mix and smooth coordination between political, security, humanitarian and development actions.

In December 2018, the UN achieved a resumption of political talks in Sweden, which the EU attended as part of the G-19 group of Ambassadors. The European Union remains in close contact with the office of the UN Special Envoy to continue to support the implementation of the agreements reached in Stockholm and to assist in the best possible manner on the way forward.

(1)https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/04/03/fac-conclusions-yemen/ https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/25/yemen-council-adopts-conclusions/

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