This includes the launch of the flagship 'Emergency Support To Integration & Accommodation' (ESTIA) programme to help refugees and their families rent urban accommodation and provide them with cash assistance. This marks a change from previous humanitarian projects which mainly provided support for accommodation in camps and the provision of direct supplies.
France has activated the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism this afternoon as forest fires are ravaging southern regions of the country and Corsica. The national authorities requested a firefighting aircraft through the mechanism and EU support is already on its way.
Today, the European Commission has announced an additional €10 million in humanitarian aid for people most in need in Libya as violence and instability continue to affect vulnerable populations. This is part of the EU's broader support for Libya to address the ongoing crisis in the country, which includes funding of €220 million allocated through various support programmes, including the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.
Initiative of the European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO)
The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO) aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.