Aid organisations are pleased with a growing willingness amongst Germans to donate. But NGO medico international sees the trend as proof of a dramatic increase in crises like Ebola and in Syria, putting partial blame on the Merkel government. EurActiv Germany reports .
As the world struggles to deal with crises, there is a need to change the way we think about managing them, while building stronger bridges between humanitarian aid and development assistance, Commissioner Christos Stylianides told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
In his confirmation hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, Cypriot Commissioner-designate for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christostos Stylianides said on that “investing in resilience is more effective than crisis response”. Stylianides showed his ambition to work with High Representative Federica Mogherini to address the root causes of conflicts.
Cypriot Commissioner-designate Christostos Stylianides, assigned the portfolio of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, made an excellent impression at his hearing yesterday (30 September) thanks to his commitment, and remarkable resemblance to movie star Omar Sharif.
The situation in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia is slowly stabilizing after last week’s devastating floods, though some areas are not completely out of the woods yet, and warm weather has brought with it the risk of infectious disease. EurActiv Serbia reports.
The European Union is providing urgent assistance to Serbia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the two Western Balkan countries being hit by the worst floods in the last 120 years. In addition, Serbia, in its capacity as an EU candidate country, qualifies for financial assistance, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.
As the European Commission is about to present proposals to strengthen the "social dimension of the economic and monetary union", a new poll shows that up to 60% of Europeans believe there are better ways of solving the economic crisis than austerity.
Bulgarian national Kristalina Georgieva, the EU's commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 very well: it taught her that transforming a country takes time, she told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
With natural disasters on the rise on a global scale but also in Europe, the European Commission presented plans yesterday (26 October) to reinforce the Union's capacity to respond to civil protection and humanitarian crises.