▷ Crises, conflicts, disasters: EU increases humanitarian aid

10.12.2021 – 15:07

Conference on the Future of Europe

Hamburg (ots)

Famines. Civil wars. Pandemics. The European Union is currently providing humanitarian aid in more than 80 countries. A total of 11.6 billion euros are available for this in the period from 2021 to 2027. In 2021 it was around 1.4 billion, 500 million more than in 2020.

Of the 1.4 billion euros, around 500 million euros should flow to Africa. In addition, almost 400 million euros are earmarked for countries in the Middle East and Turkey. The main reason for this is the effects of the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

There are other aid funds for Afghanistan as well as for crisis management projects in Ukraine, the Western Balkans and the Caucasus. Around 300 million euros are also earmarked for air services and for unforeseen humanitarian crises or sudden emergencies.

Help for millions of people

This makes the EU the world’s most important donor of humanitarian aid and provides the majority of the total funds for emergency aid to victims of natural disasters and man-made crises. Part of this money is provided directly by the Member States, but most of this comes from the EU budget.

According to its own statements, the EU’s actions are based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Aid is provided to over 200 international and local partner organizations and agencies, including NGOs such as Care or UN organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP). Thousands of European volunteers also support the operations.

The Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) is responsible for humanitarian aid and civil protection measures. The EU focuses on food and nutrition, housing, health care, water and sanitation, and emergency education.

Solidarity in times of Covid

It is not just hunger, wars and natural disasters that challenge the international community. The European Union has also exported more than a billion corona vaccine doses to other countries around the world within ten months. “We have reached an important milestone,” said Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen in October 2021. The vaccine has been delivered to more than 150 countries since December 2020 – including Japan, Turkey, Great Britain and Brazil.

About 87 million cans were sent to low- and middle-income countries through the UN Covax initiative. According to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the EU intends to donate at least 500 million more vaccine doses to particularly endangered countries in the coming months. These include above all extremely poor countries, for example in Africa.

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