The Commission is allocating €25 million in humanitarian funding from its Solidarity Emergency Aid Reserve to fight hunger in Afghanistan. Urgent actions to save lives and livelihoods are required due to a drought that is currently affecting Afghanistan, leaving at least 11 million people in a food crisis, and 3.2 million people in a food emergency.
To help the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia, a plane carrying vital items offered by Germany is on its way to Namibia's capital Windhoek, and is expected to arrive on 8 July 2021.
The delivery of the aid, consisting of personal protection equipment, antigen tests and intensive care beds, was coordinated through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This assistance comes in addition to the medical items delivered last week by Finland.
Today, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is visiting the Turkish border with North-West Syria, which is a crucial crossing point for the delivery of humanitarian assistance for millions of people inside Syria. The visit comes ahead of the vote on the renewal of the UN resolution on cross-border aid delivery which is due in the coming days.
A new consignment of COVID-19 vaccines for both Albania and North Macedonia has been channeled through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The delivery, offered by Greece, consists of 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines for each country.
It follows a request by the authorities of both countries to the EU for support in light of the COVID-19 situation.
The European Commission has announced renewed support for those most in need in Iran and Pakistan with €22 million in humanitarian aid. This package will assist those most affected by human-made crises, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate induced and other natural hazards in the region.
Following new offers of assistance from EU Member States to countries in need, the Commission has so far supported the sharing of over 3 million COVID-19 vaccines with countries outside of the EU through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates the delivery and finances up to 75% of the costs for transporting the assistance.
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to tackle heavy floods, following a request for assistance from Belgium on 14 July 2021.
In an immediate response, a flood rescue team and a helicopter have been mobilised from France to assist with local rescue efforts, mostly in flooded areas around city of Liège. Italy and Austria have also offered flood rescue teams.
The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75% of the transport costs of the assistance.
Following a request for assistance from Lithuania, the European Commission is helping European countries send support through the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
Lithuania asked for help following increased arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania via the border with Belarus.
In response to Italy's request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help in the fight against the ongoing wildfires in Sardinia, the EU is mobilising immediate support from France and Greece.
In response to the ongoing rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar, the European Commission has mobilised €2 million in emergency assistance to actions helping to fight the pandemic in the country.