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The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.

Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid.

The Commission, through its Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO), helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year.

With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs.

For funding information, please visit ECHO's website.

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22 Oct 2017 description

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2017/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 82.5 million

22 Oct 2017 description
  • The spill-over of the Mali crisis to neighbouring countries continues. On 21 October, a police station was attacked by an armed group in Ayorou (Tillabery region), where some 10 000 Malian refugees live. At least 10 policemen were killed and several wounded.

  • The continuous security deterioration in this region has an immediate impact on the living conditions of the population, including the provision of basic services. It also reduces access by humanitarian organisations.

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05 Oct 2017 description

La Direction Générale de la Protection civile et des Opérations d’Aide humanitaire européennes (DG ECHO) de la Commission européenne finance des actions humanitaires pour venir en aide aux victimes de catastrophes naturelles et de conflits en dehors de l’Union européenne.