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Commision decision of amending Commission decision C(2009)245 concerning the approval and financing of a Global Plan for humanitarian actions in the Republic of Chad from the general budget of the European Union (ECHO/TCD/BUD/2009/01000)

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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, and in particular Articles 2, 4 and 15(1) and (2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Commission Decision C(2009)245, adopted on 26 January 2009, provides for the financing of humanitarian actions to assist vulnerable population groups in the Republic of Chad for an amount of €30 000 000 from the general budget of the European Union, €17 000 000 of it from budget heading 23.02.01 and €13 000 000 from budget heading 23.02.02.

(2) Decision C(2009)245 allocated €3 000 000 from budget heading 23.02.01 to specific objective 2, which was to "to support common humanitarian logistics systems, in particular air transport and humanitarian coordination".

(3) Growing insecurity in eastern Chad and the rise of banditry targeting humanitarian workers are increasingly preventing humanitarian workers from travelling by land. The difficult land access is further complicated by roads that become almost impassable during the rainy season. The presence of international forces in Chad (EUFOR then MINURCAT) creates an inherent risk of confusion between humanitarian and military vehicles on the ground. These factors demand an independent and reliable air transport service.

(4) Recent years have seen a substantial increase in the number of humanitarian workers in eastern Chad, particularly since 2007 and the crisis involving displacement of populations to Dar Sila and Assounga. In 2009 an average of 4 000 people a month were transported from N'Djamena to the east of the country by UNHAS. The smooth running of humanitarian organisations' operations in Chad requires a reliable and constant humanitarian air service.

(5) In July 2009 the donors were alerted to UNHAS's financing problems. On 14 September 2009, despite new donor contributions, UNHAS still does not have sufficient financing to maintain essential services for humanitarian workers.

(6) In order to avoid humanitarian air transport in Chad being suspended, it is therefore necessary to increase the budget allocated to the Global Plan by €2 000 000 from budget heading 23.02.01 and to amend Decision C(2009)245 accordingly.

(7) Taking into account the available budget, contributions from other donors and other factors, the total amount of Decision C(2009)245 is now €32 000 000 from the general budget of the European Union, €19 000 000 of it from budget heading 23.02.01 and €13 000 000 from budget heading 23.02.02..

(8) For reasons of legal clarity and consistency, Article 5(1) of Decision C(2009)245 should be deleted as it is no longer necessary and refers to an amount that would be incorrect if left unchanged.

(9) In accordance with Article 17(2) and (3) of Regulation (EC) No 1257/96, the Humanitarian Aid Committee delivered a favourable opinion on 27 October 2009,