From 1 to 2 December, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is visiting Sudan. More than 45,000 Ethiopian refugees have arrived in the border area in the recent weeks, following the outbreak of conflict in the Tigray region. With his visit, the Commissioner re-emphasises EU humanitarian support and the EU’s continued commitment to supporting Sudan’s political transition.
The European Commission has launched a new initiative to hear from citizens and stakeholders. The feedback received will set out policy priorities for EU humanitarian aid to better adapt to the new global geopolitical and humanitarian context.
The coronavirus pandemic is further exacerbating a challenging global environment. An increasing number of people require assistance in various parts of the world.
The EU needs to adapt its humanitarian response to maintain and strengthen its leading role as a principled donor of humanitarian aid.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, issued the following statement:
"Today in Brussels I met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and in the wider region.
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.