As global humanitarian needs worsen further due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of climate change, the European Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.4 billion for 2021. This represents an increase of more than 60% compared with the initial humanitarian budget of €900 million adopted last year.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič has concluded an official visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the country tries to move beyond one of the deadliest conflicts worldwide, lasting decades. The visit was the first of an EU humanitarian affairs Commissioner in several years and aimed to maintain EU support following 2020 Afghanistan Conference towards bringing peace to the country. During the visit, the Commissioner announced €32 million in humanitarian support to assist the civilians affected by the conflict for 2021
The European Union will host the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 29-30 March 2021. In view of COVID-19 restrictions, the Conference will take place in virtual format.
On 8 February, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached an important political agreement to strengthen the EU Civil Protection system and the EU’s response to disasters. Following an initiative by the Commission of June 2020, the reinforcement of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, including rescEU will give the EU a more active and flexible role in supporting Member States during emergencies.
The European Union is sending medical supplies, such as gloves, masks and overalls to Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia following their requests for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The EU will draw on its rescEU medical reserve based in Greece to respond to the request of Montenegro and North Macedonia.
The European Commission has announced today €3 million in humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the recent large scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, including a significant number of displaced people. Since the beginning of the hostilities in September 2020, the EU has mobilised a total of €6.9 million in humanitarian assistance.
Following Moldova’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, Romania has offered various items of personal protective equipment to assist Moldova in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The shipment consists of 1.5 million surgical masks, 100,000 FFP3 masks, 100,000 protective suits and 100,000 gloves.
Following the resurgence of the Ebola virus in the Republic of Guinea, the Guinean government requested assistance through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.
Through this Mechanism, France is sending more than 500 Ebola virus protection kits containing gowns, masks and gloves for medical staff working on the front line in the fight against the virus.
The EU is coordinating the shipment of this equipment.
The EU is coordinating the deployment of a medical team to Slovakia to support intensive care treatment of COVID-19 patients, following a request via Slovakia via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Romania has already offered a team of 5 doctors and 9 nurses, specialised in intensive care.
The EU is also mobilising additional personal protective equipment consisting of 600,000 FFP2 protective masks and 650,000 pairs of gloves to Serbia from its rescEU medical reserve hosted by Greece.
The European Commission has announced today €39 million in humanitarian aid to address the needs of displaced and conflict-affected communities in Bangladesh and Myanmar, in particular in the context of the pressing Rohingya refugee crisis, which has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.