Humanitarian Aid

17 Aug: EU mobilises €3 million in humanitarian aid for Haiti following devastating earthquake

(Source: European Commission)

In light of the devastating effects of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, the European Union is allocating €3 million in humanitarian funding to address the most urgent needs of the affected communities.

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “Urgent humanitarian needs are following the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti. The EU is quickly mobilising support to this already extremely fragile country, where hurricanes and heavy rainfalls aggravate the dire situation even more. The earthquake strikes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and the escalating insecurity already posed a threat to …

12 Jul: Humanitarian aid: EU mobilises €22 million to support most vulnerable in Iran and Pakistan

(Source: European Commission)

Today the Commission has announced renewed support for those most in need in Iran and Pakistan with €22 million in humanitarian aid. This package will assist those most affected by man-made crises, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate induced and other natural disasters in the region.

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said: “Iran and Pakistan are both highly vulnerable to recurrent natural hazards, with both countries’ situations aggravated by a severe coronavirus pandemic. Iran and Pakistan are also the principal host countries of Afghan refugees worldwide. The EU is boosting support to humanitarian organisations in both countries at this critical …

18 Jun: North Africa: EU mobilises €20 million in humanitarian aid for vulnerable populations

(Source: European Commission)

Today, the Commission announced €20 million in humanitarian funding to be provided in Algeria, Egypt and Libya. The funding will support the most vulnerable people affected by the region’s political and protracted crises; the over four-decade-long Sahrawi refugee crisis in Algeria, the volatile Libyan crisis, and the refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt.

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: ”Millions of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers but also internally displaced, returnees and host populations are in desperate need of humanitarian aid in North Africa. The last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the already dire conditions in …

14 May: Ethiopia: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on restricted humanitarian access to Tigray

(Source: EEAS)

Joint Statements

The United Nations have confirmed that military forces are impeding humanitarian access to parts of Tigray. The EU has repeatedly called for full humanitarian access to all areas, as well as for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops.

While the Ethiopian authorities have committed to both, the reality on the ground shows that blockades by military forces are severely impeding the ability for assistance to reach rural areas, where the humanitarian crisis is at the worst level. At least 5.2 million people out of 5.7 million in Tigray are in need of emergency food assistance. According …

14 May: EU provides €1 million in response to the worsening coronavirus outbreak in Timor-Leste

(Source: EEAS)

News stories

Dili, 14 May 2021 – The European Union is allocating €1 million (over USD 1.2 million) in humanitarian aid funding to respond to the rapid increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Timor-Leste in recent months. The aid will focus on increasing the country’s response capacity in the most affected areas, including the capital Dili where most cases have been registered so far. 

“The healthcare staff and facilities in Timor-Leste are being pushed to the limit with more and more cases of coronavirus having been reported nationwide,” said Olivier Brouant who oversees EU’s humanitarian response in Timor-Leste. “We are …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027

(Source: EU Parliament)

The European Solidarity Corps is included under Heading 5, ‘Promoting our European way of life’, of the European Commission’s priorities for the current mandate. Initially, the programme suffered from unsuccessful branding and communication as it competed with other long-standing programmes that carried out similar activities. With the current proposed regulation, the programme will become a single one-stop shop for all solidarity and humanitarian volunteering opportunities for young people. The European Parliament is expected to vote at second reading during its May plenary session on the agreed text resulting from interinstitutional negotiations.

Full Report …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027

(Source: EU Parliament)

The European Solidarity Corps is included under Heading 5, ‘Promoting our European way of life’, of the European Commission’s priorities for the current mandate. Initially, the programme suffered from unsuccessful branding and communication as it competed with other long-standing programmes that carried out similar activities. With the current proposed regulation, the programme will become a single one-stop shop for all solidarity and humanitarian volunteering opportunities for young people. The European Parliament is expected to vote at second reading during its May plenary session on the agreed text resulting from interinstitutional negotiations.

Full Report …

11 May: EU approves €210 million in fresh humanitarian aid to Nigeria, 7 other African countries

(Source: EEAS)

The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in the Sahel and Central Africa through a humanitarian budget of €210 million in 2021. The funding will be allocated to humanitarian projects in the following eight countries: Burkina Faso (€24.3 million), Cameroon (€17.5 million), the Central African Republic (€21.5 million), Chad (€35.5 million) Mali (€31.9 million), Mauritania (€10 million), Niger (€32.3 million) and Nigeria (€37 million).

11 May 2021The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in the Sahel and Central Africathrough a humanitarian budget of €210 million in 2021. The funding will …

11 May: Sahel and Central Africa: €210 million in EU humanitarian aid

(Source: EU Commission)

The EU is reaffirming its solidarity with vulnerable people in countries in the Sahel and Central Africa through a humanitarian budget of €210 million in 2021. The funding will be allocated to humanitarian projects in the following eight countries: Burkina Faso (€24.3 million), Cameroon(€17.5 million), the Central African Republic (€21.5 million), Chad(€35.5 million) Mali (€31.9 million), Mauritania (€10 million), Niger(€32.3 million) and Nigeria (€37 million).

Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “Worsening instability and armed conflicts, together with the COVID-19 pandemic and natural hazards, are having a devastating impact in the Sahel and countries in Central Africa. The EU remains committed to help reduce suffering among people in need in the region. …