European Socialist MEPs expressed strong support for Kristalina Georgieva, the Bulgarian commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, after a senior member of the Bulgarian Socialist party slammed her for “not doing enough” in performing her duties.
On a visit to Kenya yesterday (25 July), Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva deplored the limited access of humanitarian workers to famine-stricken Somalia, which is creating a huge refugee problem in Kenya and Ethiopia.
The European Commission has launched a pilot programme, the 'European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps' (EVHAC), which will see just under 100 young people serve in various projects to help vulnerable and disaster-struck parts of the world. The experiences will help determine a formal EU proposal next year to create a permanent humanitarian volunteer programme.
EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva discusses the plight of displaced people across the world - 42 million people as a result of natural disasters in 2010 alone - a problem which she says may be heightened by climate change and population growth.
Returning from a visit to Egypt, Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said yesterday (24 March) that EU countries would be asked to help relocate on their territories a few thousand Eritreans stranded on Libya's borders with Tunisia and Egypt.
The situation in earthquake-hit Haiti, now hit by a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 1,000 lives, is likely to get worse before it gets better, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told the press yesterday (18 November).