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ECHO Factsheet – Emergency Support Instrument – May 2018

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  • The Emergency Support Instrument has been activated to enable EU assistance in Member States heavily affected by the influx of refugees and migrants.
  • The first projects, which are carried out in Greece through the EU's partners, were signed in April 2016. A total of over €604.5 million had been contracted by April 2018.
  • Until 2019, €650 million of EU funding is made available via partner organisations such as UN agencies, the Red Cross and non-governmental organisations.
  • When other instruments are insufficient, EU emergency support can be provided in response to exceptional disasters that result in severe and wide-ranging humanitarian consequences in one or more EU Member State.
  • Through emergency support, the EU can fund aid projects that preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and maintain human dignity.