Addressing environmental challenges
A secured energy supply (with the highest share of renewable resources), energy efficiency, climate change, sustainable use of water resources, mitigation of pollution factors and other environmental concerns are some of the gravest challenges facing Europe and the Mediterranean region.
The European Union promotes various environmental initiatives and projects that help protect our common environment. This includes the protection of the Mediterranean Sea through investments in waste and sewage treatment, and developing a sustainable rural policy that ensures that local needs are met without causing unnecessary harm to the environment.
Support to the most vulnerable communities
The conflict in neighbouring Syria has had implications for Lebanon in terms of economy, social affairs, political and security issues. The most visible impact has been the influx of refugees from Syria. The European Union has responded by providing substantial humanitarian assistance to the refugees in Lebanon e.g. health, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and cash. At the same time, the EU has allocated a comparable amount in assistance to Lebanon, its institutions and its communities in dealing with the consequences of the crisis focusing on medium to long term needs and linking relief with recovery and development.
Investment promotion and quality infrastructure
Economic growth is one of the most effective tools to fight poverty. High and sustained growth is also necessary to generate needed public resources for social welfare and physical infrastructure, and to encourage investment in law and order. The role of the private sector and small businesses in particular is instrumental for job creation and income growth. The European Union, together with the Government of Lebanon, the private sector and intermediary organisations, support projects that aim at boosting economic growth and development, and improve the living conditions of the Lebanese people.
Investing in your future
Education and training are key factors for social change, reduction of inequalities and economic development and democratisation.
The European Union offers Lebanon support at different levels from primary education to higher education or vocational and technical education and training. Diverse opportunities are available for Lebanese institutions, teachers, education staff, and students.
Consultation: "Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy"
Article 8 of the Treaty on the European Union states that 'the Union shall develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterised by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation'.
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was designed in 2003 to develop closer relations between the EU and its neighbouring countries. It covers to the South: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia; to the East: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The ENP was last reviewed in 2011, following the events in the Arab world. Given the significant developments in the neighbourhood since then, it is now essential to undertake a fundamental review of the principles on which the policy is based as well as its scope and how instruments should be used.
The target groups of this consultation are public authorities, civil society, think tanks, social partners, business and academic communities, other relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public.
The info session with Q&A will be held by Mr. Maciej Golubiewski, Head of the Political section at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon.
For more information about the consultation, please consult
A challenge for the judicial system
The principles of liberty, respect for human rights, democratic values and fundamental freedoms are inherent to the European Union and constitute crucial elements in its relations with its partners. The EU places the promotion of human rights at the centre of its external policy and is working to ensure that these rights are universally respected.
Towards a safer Lebanon
The European Union acts as a force for stability, cooperation and understanding in the Mediterranean region and beyond by way of conflict prevention, peace-keeping, support for the security sector reform, as well as growth and development activities.
To meet this challenge, the EU is active in political and policy dialogue, and in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities, civil society organisations, as well as international partners and organisations.