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European Commission Decision on the Financing of Humanitarian Actions in Peru from the general budget of the European Union (ECHO/PER/BUD/2010/01000)

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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 aid1, and in particular Article 2 and Article 15(3) thereof;

Whereas:

(1) From the beginning of 2010 until mid March, heavy rains have caused floods and mudslides in several areas of the Peruvian highlands (11 Departments), particularly Ayacucho, Apurimac, Cusco, Huancavelica and Puno departments;

(2) Over 190,000 people have been affected, with the main concentration in Cusco and Puno, both featured by high levels of poverty;

(3) In the Regions of Cusco and Puno, the floods have caused loss of life, of homes, schools, public offices, roads, and bridges; as well as water and sanitation services;

(4) Approximately 66,166 hectares of agricultural lands have been damaged or lost and 127,897 producers have been affected, and the rains hit the area just before the harvesting period in February-April;

(5) The provision of adequate and safe shelter solutions is critical in the coming months because the affected areas are regularly affected by low temperatures in the period June-August and early recovery support is needed before the next planting season (August-October);

(6) To reach populations in need, humanitarian aid should be channelled through Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and International Organisations including United Nations (UN) agencies. Therefore the European Commission should implement the budget by direct centralized management or by joint management;

(7) An assessment of the humanitarian situation leads to the conclusion that humanitarian aid actions should be financed by the European Union for a period of 12 months;

(8) It is estimated that an amount of EUR 2,000,000 from budget article 23 02 01 of the general budget of the European Union is necessary to provide humanitarian assistance to up to 80,000 vulnerable people affected by floods and mudslides in Peru, taking into account the available budget, other donors' contributions and other factors. The activities covered by this Decision may be financed in full in accordance with Article 253 of the Implementing Rules of the Financial Regulation;

(9) The present Decision constitutes a financing Decision within the meaning of Article 75 of the Financial Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/20022, Article 90 of the detailed rules for the implementation of the Financial Regulation determined by Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 2342/20023, and Article 15 of the internal rules on the implementation of the general budget of the European Union4;

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

1. In accordance with the objectives and general principles of humanitarian aid, the Commission hereby approves a total amount of EUR 2,000,000 for the financing of humanitarian actions in Peru from budget article 23 02 01 of the 2010 general budget of the European Union.

2. In accordance with Article 2 of Council Regulation No.1257/96, the principal objective of this Decision is to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by floods and mudslides in Peru. The humanitarian actions shall be implemented in the pursuance of the following specific objective:

- To improve the humanitarian situation of vulnerable populations affected by floods and mudslides in Cusco and Puno, notably through the provision of shelter, water and sanitation, livelihood support and disaster preparedness mainstreaming

The full amount of this Decision is allocated to this specific objective.

Article 2

1. The period for the implementation of the actions financed under this Decision shall start on 1 April and shall run for 12 months. Eligible expenditure shall be committed during the implementing period of the Decision.

2. If the implementation of individual actions is suspended owing to force majeure or other exceptional circumstances, the period of suspension shall not be taken into account in the implementing period of the Decision in respect of the Action suspended.

3. In accordance with the contractual provisions ruling the Agreements financed under this Decision, the Commission may consider eligible those costs arising and incurred after the end of the implementing period of the Action which are necessary for its winding-up.

4. The Authorising Officer may, where this is justified by the humanitarian situation, extend the duration of the Decision for a maximum of 6 months provided that the total duration of the Decision does not exceed 18 months, in accordance with Article 90.4 of the Implementing Rules of the Financial Regulation.

Article 3

1. In accordance with Article 253 of the Implementing Rules and having regard to the urgency of the Action, the availability of other donors and other relevant operational circumstances, funds under this Decision may finance humanitarian actions in full.

2. Actions supported by this Decision will be implemented either by Non-profit-making organisations which fulfil the eligibility and suitability criteria established in Article 7 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96, or by International organisations.

3. The Commission shall implement the budget:

- either by direct centralised management, with Non-governmental Organisations;

- or by joint management with international organisations that are signatories to the Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA) or the EU/UN Financial Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA) and which were subject to the four pillar assessment in line with Article 53d of the Financial Regulation

Article 4

This Decision will take effect on the date of its adoption.

Done at Brussels,

For the Commission
Peter Zangl, Director-General