The European Commission's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre has recently been in regular contact with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Hurricane Harvey and any EU support that could help the US authorities.
"Unrestricted humanitarian access, including for aid workers, is critical to reaching 350 000 vulnerable people in Rakhine State. They must be allowed to do their job to try to prevent the further deterioration of an already serious humanitarian situation.
I call on all sides to de-escalate tensions and fully observe international human rights law, and in particular to refrain from any violence against civilians.
L'UE mobilise ses instruments de réponse d'urgence pour assister les pays affectés ou menacés par l'ouragan Irma. La Haute Représentante/Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini a déclaré:
"L'Union européenne soutient pleinement nos partenaires et amis dans la région des Caraïbes et au-delà dans ce moment de grand besoin. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec toutes les victimes et toutes les personnes touchées par l'Ouragan Irma."
The EU is mobilising its emergency response instruments to assist countries affected or threatened by Hurricane Irma. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini declared that:
“The European Union fully supports our partners and friends in the Caribbean region and beyond at this time of great need, and our hearts go out to all the victims and all those affected by Hurricane Irma.”
On 11 September 2017, the EU announced further assistance for Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides made the following statement:
As more and more refugees arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar, the European Commission announces additional humanitarian aid of €3 million to address the most pressing needs of Rohingya civilians. The funding comes on top of the €12 million announced in May 2017 when Commissioner Stylianides visited Rakhine State in Myanmar.
In a joint statement on the earthquake in Mexico City, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini expressed their condolences and reiterated that the EU is ready to help:
The European Commission has announced today it will further increase the part of humanitarian funding dedicated to getting children into education in crisis zones around the world. In 2018, 8% of the EU's humanitarian budget will go to education in emergencies, which is far above the global average of less than 3%.
The European Commission has announced an additional €10 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq, bringing the total EU humanitarian contribution to this crisis to €350 million since 2015.
The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department is providing €250 000 in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by hurricane Maria which devastated the island on 19 September.
The relief will include basic kits for survival, clean water and food, construction material and fuel, as well as additional logistical support to reach isolated communities.