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09 Jan 2014 description
report European Commission

On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that took 222,750 people's lives, injured many thousands and made 1.7 million homeless.

How the EU responded
Since day one, the European Union has responded to the needs of the Haitian population; providing both immediate humanitarian relief on a massive scale, while boosting its development aid.

08 Jan 2013 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 8 January 2013

Joint statement by High-Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva and Andris Piebalgs, on the anniversary of the Haitian earthquake

This week marks the third anniversary of the earthquake that hit Haiti on the 12 January 2010, the devastating consequences of which have made it one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.

09 Mar 2012 description
report European Commission

Port-au-Prince, le 6 mars 2012 – Aujourd'hui, M. Andris Piebalgs, membre de la Commission européenne chargé du développement, arrive en Haïti pour une visite de deux jours. Conformément aux engagements de l'UE d'aider à la reconstruction à long terme d'Haïti, il annoncera un dispositif d'aides devant permettre aux Haïtiens d'accéder plus facilement à des services de base opérationnels, comme la santé, l'éducation et la sécurité.

05 Mar 2012 description
report European Commission

Summary: 5 March 2012,Brussels - Tomorrow, EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will arrive in Haiti for a two day visit of the country. In line with the EU's commitment to help Haiti's reconstruction in the long term, he will announce an aid package which will enable Haitians to better access functioning basic services, including health, education and security. The aid package also aims to invest in economic development by improving Haitian infrastructure and increasing its support to rebuilding the State's capacity to provide services to Haitians.

07 Jun 2010 description

Kristalina Georgieva European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Georgieva speaks at the World Food Programme Executive Board in Rome World Food Programme Executive Board Rome, 7 June 2010

Mr. President,

Madame Executive Director,

Distinguished Members of the Executive Board,

It is an honour to be here today as European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response and share my views with you and with the WFP staff around the world that are currently listening in.

30 Mar 2010 description

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President, Catherine Ashton along with Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva will attend the ministerial-level International Donors' Conference "Towards a New Future for Haiti" that will take place on March 31 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

30 Mar 2010 description

Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

- Distribution of shelter and sanitation solutions remain the highest priority. 75% of the targeted 1.3 million people now have emegency shelter and coveragewill reach 100% by April / May. The most serious concern at the moment is in finding new sites for transitional shelters for the 200,000 IDPs currently in sites at risk of flooding once the rainy season starts. Emergency transitional sites may be an option but proximity sites are actually the most suitable solution for IDPs.

25 Mar 2010 description

Summary: 25 March 2010, New York - Opening remarks by Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, at "Building Back Better in Haiti," a conference for NGOs co-hosted with President William J. Clinton, UN Special Envoy for Haiti, UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, Paul E. Farmer, and InterAction President, Samuel A.

25 Mar 2010 description

"While the reconstruction of Haiti should be firmly on our horizon, we must not forget the humanitarian emergency that still affects millions of Haitians." With these words, Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, emphasised the continuing humanitarian dimension of the Haiti crisis.

15 Mar 2010 description
  1. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

    Distribution of shelter and sanitation solutions remain the highest priority.

04 Mar 2010 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid 1 , and in particular Article 2 and notably 2c), Article 4, Article 15(2) and (3) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) A high magnitude earthquake, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale and 10 km depth struck Haiti on 12 January. Damage to buildings and infrastructure is widespread and considerable.

02 Mar 2010 description

La Commission déploie la première enveloppe de 100 millions d'euros pour la reconstruction des infrastructures gouvernementales, des écoles, de routes et d'assistance technique

MEMO/ 10/56

Brussels, 02 March 2010

ENVELOPPE DE 100 M€ D'ASSISTANCE COURT TERME NON-HUMANTIAIRE VISANT A RETABLIR LES CAPACITES DE L'ETAT PLAN D'ACTION ET CALENDRIER DE MISE EN ŒUVRE

01 Mar 2010 description

Headlines

- EU Commissioner visiting Haiti 28/2-4/3

- Third EU civil protection team reaches Haiti to ensure coordination of EU military assets with the civilian humanitarian effort

- EU Rapid Response Capability support team to provide technical assistance

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, has arrived in Haiti for a five day visit.

01 Mar 2010 description
  1. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

    - Distribution of shelter and sanitation solutions remain the highest priorities at the moment.

    - Rubble removal is increasingly urgent to make space for settlements.

    - Sanitation in camps is a major concern; the number of latrines needed being estimated at 36,0006 .

    - Many of the 396 health NGOs working in Haiti are due to depart in the coming weeks, without sufficient capacity planned to arrive.

19 Feb 2010 description

Executive Summary

As a result of the earthquake disaster of 12 January 2010, the Haitian government estimates that over 200, 000 people died and about 1 million are in temporary shelter (OCHA Situation Report 21).

These people are most vulnerable to floods associated to heavy rains and cyclones, if they are located in flood-prone areas.

11 Feb 2010 description

The European Commission is proposing today to draw funds from the emergency reserve of the EU budget to fund a further substantial package of humanitarian aid in Haiti. In a new Commission decision worth €90 million, the emphasis will be on making a significant contribution to the immense and urgent need for shelter for Haitians whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the earthquake as well as supporting distribution of food and the provision of much needed health care.

" We should avoid at all costs a second-wave humanitarian disaster in Haiti.

01 Feb 2010 description

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2. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

- 200,000 tents are needed. Nine EU Member States have provided in total 1.342 tents for approx. 8.200 persons. Emergency shelter remains a major challenge: estimations settling on a figure of approximately 1 million people in need of emergency shelter. With the upcoming rainy and hurricane season, an integrated transitional shelter solution needs to be found (to replace basic tents).

28 Jan 2010 description

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2. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

- 200,000 tents are needed for the total displaced population of 1 million. There is also lack of clarity over the number of tents actually available in the country. Emergency shelter remains a major challenge: estimates of people in need of emergency shelter range from 500,000 to 1,000,000.

25 Jan 2010 description

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2. Main Immediate Priorities for Emergency Aid

Search and rescue phase officially terminated.

OCHA reports 200,000 people in need of shelter in Port-au-Prince, with estimates to be verified of 210,000 IDPs7[7] accounted for outside Port-au-Prince. 600,000 people are already located in over 280 makeshift camps in Port-au-Prince

Access to makeshift camps, food distribution points and outlying towns and villages is improving, but remains limited by debris, abandoned vehicles in roads or infrastructural damage (bridges, roads, etc).