The Brussels meeting, co-hosted by the UN, is the seventh of its kind, bringing together delegations from around 85 countries.
Over the past year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, backed by Russia, has made territorial gains against rebels and militants, recapturing massive areas in southern, central and northern Syria, as well as close to Damascus.
However, the future is uncertain for 5.6 million Syrians, who have fled the country.
The EU believes there can be no military solution to the Syrian crisis and supports UN efforts to bring about a political transition.
Only then would Brussels begin to support reconstruction efforts.
However, the bloc is one of the biggest donors of humanitarian aid for Syrians in the country and the region, motivated in part by a desire to prevent refugees from seeking protection in Europe.
In 2018, the conference raised $4.3 billion, although the final figure pledged was $6 billion.
“The EU’s ambition is to maintain in 2018 level of funding,’’ an EU official said on condition of anonymity.
The conference will begin with two days of dialogue between civil society groups, regional organisations, aid groups and neighbouring countries.