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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Hahn
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002595/2019

The Commission fully shares the importance of universal access to quality education, including in crisis areas. It adopted a policy document(1) in 2018 and is a major donor for the Global Partnership for Education , for the most vulnerable children(2). It contributes to Education Cannot Wait(3) and to the No lost generation(4) initiative.

Through the European Neighbourhood Instrument(5), since 2014, the EU provided substantial support to education with more than 125 programmes for a total of EUR 3.4 billion, mainly in the South. New sector programmes are launched in Morocco and Jordan. The EU provides substantial funding to the UNRWA(6) for the schooling of Palestine refugee children. Through the Development Cooperation Instrument , the EU provides support to quality and equality of education in Iraq, and to improving school access in Yemen, with the Unicef(7).

The EU Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis(8) has committed EUR 644 million for access to quality education, formal and non-formal, vocational training and higher education for 325,000 Syrian refugee and host community children mainly in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, including through Unicef.

(1)Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises, COM(2018) 304 final, 18.5.2018
(6)United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
(7)United Nations Children's Fund
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