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17 May 2017 description

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.

09 Jun 2016 description

By: Esther Huerta García, Communication Office

Resilience does not only apply to people who live far away from us, but it is part of our human nature. The term, which originally comes from the world of physics, refers to the capacity of a body to overcome a shock and adapt to it.

01 Jun 2016 description

We live in a world where conflicts, natural disasters and disease are driving ever greater numbers of people to seek desperate remedies for their hunger, safety and survival. The world has never been so wealthy and yet on the frontline of humanitarian action, where courageous work is taking place daily, the lack of available resources to save lives is a constantly growing risk. This massive, deepening deficit requires an ambitious, global and collective response.

20 May 2016 description

Brussels, 20 May 2016

Over 50 world leaders and 5 000 humanitarian, development and political stakeholders gather on 23-24 May, in Istanbul, to share responsibility to reverse the trend for increasing humanitarian needs and improve the effectiveness of response.

20 May 2016 description

Bruxelles, le 20 mai 2016

Plus de 50 dirigeants du monde entier et 5 000 acteurs des mondes politique, humanitaire et du développement se réunissent les 23 et 24 mai, à Istanbul, pour œuvrer ensemble à inverser la tendance à l'accroissement des besoins humanitaires et à rendre la réaction aux crises plus efficace.

02 Mar 2016 description

Brussels, 2 March 2016

The European Commission has proposed a Council Regulation enabling the provision of emergency support in response to exceptional crises or disasters within EU Member States, which give rise to severe humanitarian consequences.

What is the new proposal? How does it work?

02 Mar 2016 description

Brussels, 2 March 2016

As the refugee crisis continues to put pressure on many European Member States, the Commission proposes a faster way for support to be provided to tackle wide-ranging humanitarian crises within the EU.

Today the European Commission has proposed an Emergency Assistance instrument to be used within the European Union to provide a faster, more targeted response to major crises, including helping Member States cope with large numbers of refugees.

02 Mar 2016 description

Bruxelles, le 2 mars 2016

La crise des réfugiés continuant à peser sur de nombreux États membres de l'Union, la Commission propose une voie plus rapide pour fournir une aide destinée à faire face aux crises humanitaires de grande ampleur au sein de l'UE.

01 Aug 2015 description

Summary: 31 July 2015, Brussels - The European Union is providing €90,656 in humanitarian funding to help cope with migratory pressures in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The support will be channelled through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help the national Red Cross Society assist some 4,600 people over the next three months.

08 Jul 2015 description

Le commissaire européen chargé de l’aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, M. Christos Stylianides, annoncera dans la journée son intention de consacrer 4 % du budget de l’aide humanitaire de l’UE à des mesures d’éducation en faveur des enfants se trouvant dans des situations d’urgence.

07 Jul 2015 description

Summary: 7 July 2015, Oslo – The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announces today his objective to dedicate 4% of the EU humanitarian aid budget to education for children in emergency situations.

29 May 2015 description

Bruxelles, 29 mai 2015

L’adhésion de l’opinion publique à l’aide humanitaire apportée par l’Union européenne a augmenté, en dépit de la crise économique. Neuf citoyens sur dix (90 %) jugent important que l’Union continue à financer l’aide humanitaire, soit une hausse de deux points de pourcentage depuis l’enquête précédente, en 2012. Ils sont presque aussi nombreux (85 %) à soutenir le financement de l’aide humanitaire malgré la crise économique frappant Europe.

25 Nov 2014 description

Key messages

  • The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016 is the culmination of a global consultation process. The objective is to identify solutions to reshape the humanitarian system so it can efficiently address the growing humanitarian needs through closer partnerships and a strengthened principled basis.

  • As the world's largest donor, the European Union considers it a responsibility to seize every opportunity to make humanitarian assistance more effective and humanitarian work less dangerous.

16 Oct 2014 description

Summary: 15 October 2014, Brussels - The European Union has been active from the very early stages of the crisis and has so far pledged €180 million of humanitarian and development aid to help the countries affected by the Ebola virus (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria).

What is the situation on the ground?

01 Aug 2014 description
Horn of Africa - version 2
Technical Annex - version 4

AMOUNT: EUR 94 000 000


In Somalia, the humanitarian situation today shows many parallels to the period ahead of the devastating 2011 drought that triggered a declaration of famine, which caused the excess deaths of 258 000 people the majority of them being children under five.

14 Apr 2014 description

Summary: 14 April 2014, Brussels - A unique new web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world will be launched tomorrow by the European Commission, at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico.

08 Jan 2014 description

"The Syrian children will forever live with the scars of the conflict….. It is our task to give them a perspective now, one in which the future has a least a silver lining…We can't risk losing a generation." - Kristalina Georgieva

14 Dec 2012 description

Millions of people around the world are suffering the effects of increasingly complex conflicts and natural disasters, and humanitarian needs are only predicted to increase in the future. The Union (the Commission and Member States) is the largest humanitarian donor providing some 45% of assistance world-wide striving to improve the impact of its aid on the world's most vulnerable people. But is the EU's humanitarian action – as it stands today – really fit for purpose to face new challenges in the changing world?

01 Aug 2012 description

Today the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, signed the new Food Assistance Convention on behalf of the European Union. On this occasion, the Commissioner made the following statement: