Written Question: Civil society involvement in Commission-funded humanitarian assistance

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002574/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Janina Ochojska (PPE)

Subject: Civil society involvement in Commission-funded humanitarian assistance

Analysis of the data suggests that civil society is insufficiently involved in Commission-funded humanitarian assistance in the Central and Eastern European region. Organisations from these countries do not engage in EU humanitarian projects to a similar degree as those in other Member States, which implies an underrepresentation of civil society in the provision of humanitarian assistance. This also translates into low awareness among the public about humanitarian assistance projects being implemented by the Commission.

A set of data from 2016-2019, showing the average percentage of Member States’ annual contributions to the EU budget and the average percentage of grants received for the implementation of humanitarian assistance projects, reveals that Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia receive no such funding at all. By contrast, Poland, Latvia and Romania together receive a meagre 0.5%, compared to France with 22% and Denmark with 14.5%.

Motivated by concern for the equal responsibility of EU citizens for humanitarian action and for the image of the Commission in the area of assistance operations, we should like to put the following questions:

1. Is the Commission aware of these disparities and does it consider them to be a problem?

2. Is the Commission planning any campaigns to mobilise civil society in Central and Eastern European countries in the field of humanitarian assistance?

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