The government will allocate 50,000 euro in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds are provided from the resources planned in the central government budget for official development aid, and are intended to mitigate the serious socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the country. They will be provided through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Brussels, 10 October 2014
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, has today announced an aid package worth nearly €80 million proposed by the European Commission for Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria after flooding disasters struck the countries in May and June 2014.
The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way
A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiralling death toll with thousands of refugees and migrants losing their lives in a desperate bid to reach European shores.
By Kristy Siegfried
JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea.
(Brussels, September 18, 2014) – Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them, Human Rights Watch said today based on accounts by victims.
Human Rights Watch documented three separate incidents of summary returns from Bulgaria to Turkey involving at least 43 people, all Syrians. These incidents are consistent with the pushbacks to Turkey and abuse of asylum seekers and migrants by Bulgarian authorities that Human Rights Watch documented in an April 2014 report.
The ceremony of providing humanitarian aid from the Republic of Bulgaria to the population of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan took place on 3 September on the territory of the Kandahar airfield. The aid was granted with a decree of the Council of Ministers as of 11 June 2014 in relation to the tragic incident of 2 May 2014 in the Badakhshan province.
With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.
This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
After an exceptionally dry winter, the weather in Bulgaria started becoming very wet, going to the other extreme. Since the beginning of the summer, heavy rains and hail storms have been a constant problem for the local population.
In the late hours of 31 July, storms and heavy rainfalls in North-West Bulgaria caused devastating floods in the regions of Sofia, Plovdiv, Montana and Vratsa.
Cynthia Orchard, Andrew Miller
07/31/2014 15:04 GMT
BUCHAREST, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Two men reported missing in southern Romania following floods in Eastern Europe were found dead Thursday, taking the regional toll to five, official sources said.
The two bodies were found miles downstream from the area where they were swept away by floodwaters as high as two metres (six and a half feet), in Valcea county, the emergency inspectorate told AFP.
A further two men are still missing in Romania, where a first death was reported Wednesday.
Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.
By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14
In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.
UNHCR urges Europe to do more for Syrian refugees
UNHCR today calls on European countries to strengthen their response to the Syrian crisis. In a new report Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity UNHCR is urging states to ensure access to territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures, to provide adequate reception conditions and to actively adopt other measures which can provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.
Mexico, Guatemala – Earthquake
• Three people were killed in Mexico and two in Guatemala by the earthquake of 7 July. In Mexico, 9 000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities.
In Guatemala, a state of calamity was declared in the affected areas, where approx. 25 000 people have been affected. Out of 1 459 evacuees, 114 remain in temporary shelters.
(ECHO, NGOs, CONRED)
U.S.A. – Severe Weather
EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk
In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.
FRONTEX PUBLISHES ANNUAL RISK ANALYSIS 2014
Detections of illegal border crossing at the EU external borders increased sharply in 2013, rising to over 107,000 from 75,000 in 2012, with Syrians, Eritreans and Afghans being the most commonly detected nationalities.
Bracing for Climate Change: Managing the Unavoidable and Avoiding the Unmanageable
Climate change is already happening: 900 extreme events were registered across the world last year and in Bulgaria, the frequency of natural disasters has increased significantly in the new millennium - with 10 major natural occurrences recorded between 2004 and 2006 alone.