About: humanitarian action

Development Policy 11-10-2017

WFP official: Humanitarian aid, development and peace have to come together

Conflict resolution should be followed by recovery-type investments, development-type investments and investments in the future, Arif Husain, chief economist of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), told EURACTIV on Tuesday (10 October).
Health 15-05-2017

Commission ready to support DR Congo in Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The European Commission said today (15 May) it was following the situation and was ready to provide support.

EU court says states can deny visas to refugees

The EU's top court today (7 March) ruled that, under its legislation, states can deny visas to people trying to claim asylum, in a case related to a Syrian family trying to come to Belgium.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

EU proposes new Aleppo aid plan, seeks safety guarantees

The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday (4 October), but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict.
Development Policy 01-06-2016

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp ‘by November’

Kenya is to send Somali refugees in the world's largest camp back to their war-torn country or third nations by November, the interior minister said yesterday (31 May).
Europe's East 27-01-2015

Stylianides’ visit to Ukraine highlights downside of humanitarian effort

A visit by Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Christos Stylianides to Dnepropetrovsk today (27 January) highlighted the assistance the EU was providing to Kiev. EURACTIV reports live from Ukraine.
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Economy & Jobs 17-12-2014

Wrap-up: EU leaders endorse Juncker’s plan and show unity on Russia

EU leaders gathered in Brussels for their last summit meeting of the year on Thursday (18 December). They overcame divisions on Juncker's investment plan. On Russia, new European Council President Donald Tusk pushed to have a united front and long-term strategy. 
Development Policy 07-02-2014

European Socialists shield Georgieva from Bulgarian criticism

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.
Global Europe 03-07-2013

ECHO official: EU, US are not so different on the world stage

There is no “difference on philosophy” between the European Union and United States, says Claus Sørensen, director-general of DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). He says that the Prism intelligence-gathering operation is probably similar to what some of the bigger European member states are doing, though on a smaller and less obtrusive scale.
Development Policy 09-01-2013

Georgieva vows to protect EU humanitarian aid funding

INTERVIEW / Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's humanitarian aid commissioner, told EURACTIV she was reasonably confident that the EU’s aid funding would not fall victim to the push by some EU member states to slash the EU budget for 2014-2020. But she also vowed to fight to preserve humanitarian aid, with “no apologies” made to detractors. 
Development Policy 09-01-2013

Schulz: Development aid is a success story the EU can be proud of

The EU budget heading ‘Global Europe’, which allows the EU to be a player on the global stage, may suffer more than other spending areas, because development aid and humanitarian action don't have the advocates among member states like agriculture and regional aid do, European Parliament President Martin Schulz tells EURACTIV.
Global Europe 12-08-2011

Somalia – a future beyond famine

Starving children stare at us from newspaper pages every day now in wide-eyed, mute appeal. Somalia is again in the grip of a humanitarian disaster, the world's largest at this time. When we visited the region in the last weeks, we were both shocked by the suffering and impressed by the resilience of the Somalis in the face of the worst hardships imaginable.
Global Europe 25-10-2010

Commission details action in cholera-hit Haiti

The European Commission has defended its humanitarian action in Haiti, where an outbreak of cholera has killed at least 250 people following an earthquake in January that devastated the country's capital Port-au-Prince.