EU Humanitarian Aid
The European Union is the world's leading provider of humanitarian aid. This aid, which takes the form of financing, provision of goods or services, or technical assistance, aims to help prepare for and deal urgently with the crises which seriously affect populations outside the Union, whether these be natural disasters, disasters caused by human activity, or structural crises. The Union's action is based on the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, and comprises three instruments: emergency aid, food aid, and aid for refugees and displaced persons. ECHO coordinates this action and cooperates closely with partners who implement aid on the ground, in particular the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.
- IMF stresses support for Greece ahead of audit — 23 July 2012, 19:12 CET
The International Monetary Fund stressed Monday its support of Greece on
the eve of an IMF and European audit of the debt-stricken country's
progress under an international bailout program.
- EU, Mozambique sign cooperation accords — 19 July 2012, 22:39 CET
The European Union and Mozambique on Thursday signed three cooperation
agreements worth 37 million euros in the capital Maputo.
- New European Neighbourhood Policy - guide — 25 May 2011, 14:18 CET
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, today launched a new and ambitious European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) -- confirming the EU’s determined and reinforced engagement with its neighbours.
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The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was set up to respond to major natural disasters and express European solidarity to disaster-stricken regions within Europe. The Fund was created as a reaction to the severe floods in Central Europe in the summer of 2002. Nine years later, it has been used for 45 disasters covering a range of different catastrophic events including floods, forest fires, earthquakes, storms and drought. 23 different European countries have been supported so far for an amount of more than 2.4 billion euros.
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Humanitarian aid and civil protection - call for proposals
- European disaster response - guide — 27 October 2010, 11:59 CET
The communication adopted by the European Commission represents a first step towards the development of a reinforced EU disaster response capacity, both in terms of civil protection and humanitarian assistance. These are the two instruments used by the EU to deliver relief assistance to people affected by disasters. The creation of a European Emergency Response Capacity, based on Member States' assets, and the development of a European Emergency Response Centre, are proposed as the cornerstones of strategy to strengthen the EU disaster response system. It will provide the basis for an improved EU disaster management system which is more effective and efficient (in terms of rapidity of deployment and appropriateness of action), coherent (operational and political coordination) and visible.
- EC greenlights aid for UK farmers — 30 March 2010, 23:41 CET
The European Commission has authorised a temporary scheme granting aid of up to EUR 15,000 to British farmers.
- Promotion of compliance with international humanitarian law: Guidelines — 10 December 2009, 00:27 CET
The European Union sets out guidelines with a view to promoting compliance with international humanitarian law in its relations with third countries.
- Financing for Development — 02 October 2009, 22:28 CET
The 2002 Monterrey Consensus is the partnership between developed and developing countries to find ways of financing development that will meet the Millennium Development Goals. The EU, which provides over half of all official development assistance worldwide, made a number of commitments to achieve this consensus.
- The European Consensus on Development — 01 October 2009, 16:35 CET
The European Consensus on Development 2005 is a policy statement that reflects the EU's willingness to eradicate poverty and build a more stable and equitable world.
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The Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), operated by the European Commission in Brussels, is the operational heart of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection. It is available on a 24/7 basis and is staffed by duty officers working on a shift basis. It gives countries access to the community civil protection platform. Any country affected by a major disaster – inside or outside the EU – can launch a request for assistance through the MIC.
- EU Humanitarian Aid: Frequently asked questions — 13 June 2007, 15:42 CET
The European Commission on 13 June 2007 adopted a Communication paving the way for greater efficiency and coherence in delivering humanitarian aid. The Commission is calling for the European Union to work more closely together on a consensus that would boost its collective response to humanitarian crises. This includes advocating full respect for international humanitarian law, so that aid and aid workers can reach people in need.