EP President reaction on the Ivory Coast crisis

European Parliament president, Jerzy Buzek, said that the crisis which is suffering in Ivory Coast could have been avoided if Mr Gbagbo had accepted the democratic will of the people. After the arrest of defeated Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on 11 April, Buzek called on incoming President Alassane Ouattara to foster national reconciliation but to ensure that crimes against civilians are punished.

Read more …

EU spent a record quantity in development aid last year

Official development aid spent by the EU in 2010 rose by about 4,5 billion Euros from 2009, reaching a total of 53,8 billion Euros, which confirms the EU's position as the largest donor of official development assistance, providing more than half of global official aid.

Read more …

Council adopted a decision to support humanitarian assistance in Libya through a military operation

The Council adopted a decision on 1 April 2011 with a view to underpinning the mandates of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011). This decision mainly consists in an European Union military operation in support of humanitarian assistance operations in response to the crisis situation in Libya ("EUFOR Libya" operation).

Read more …

EU grants additional 10 M€ humanitarian aid package to support Japan

The European Commission adopted on 4 April a new humanitarian funding decision of 10 million euro aimed to help the Japanese population cope with the massive consequences of the disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami. This decision boosts the aid already granted by the Member States and the Commission immediately after the disaster to more than 15 million euro. The new funding will provide assistance to more than 30,000 people, who live in temporary shelters and rely on aid for food, water, blankets and mattresses and other immediate provisions.

Read more …

The EU follows closely the situation in Japan and deploys the civil protection mechanism

Immediately after the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan on March 2011, President Barroso and President Van Rompuy expressed the European Union's solidarity and condolences to the people and government of Japan, and to the families of the victims at this difficult time. Further to it, and given the worrying situation caused by damages in Japan's nuclear plants, the Commission established contacts with Japanese sources, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the established emergency networks in Europe, like ECURIE.

Read more …

EU takes the lead to help with adaptation and fight poverty and climate change in Pacific Islands

Between 2 and 4 March 2011, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Pacific Islands partners will welcome a joint Action Plan on Climate Change during a High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific in Vanuatu. Commissioner Piebalgs will call for an increase of international support for the Small Islands, notably to Pacific Islands, an will also launch projects worth 50.4 million euro and will announce new ones for 39 million euro for adaptation to climate change effects and poverty.

Read more …

EP stresses that food security protection requires global response in and outside Europe

Members of the European Parliament meeting in Plenary Session on 17 February, have approved a resolution which calls for urgent measures to combat food price manipulation and ensure that food production is maintained in the EU. The text reflects Parliament's position in relation to the effects that climate change and commodity speculation are having in threatening food security inside and outside the EU.

Read more …

Commission shows concerns about political situation in Haiti one year after earthquake

One year after being hit by one of the most terrible natural disasters in recent times which affected more than one million people, political instability in Haiti now prevents EU humanitarian aid to reach the people in need and makes the reconstruction process slower and more complex. This concerns were expressed by the European Commission in taking stock of the situation in the country twelve months after the earthquake.

Read more …

What has it been for Haiti one year later?

On 12 January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake mainly destroyed the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, striking government facilities, key infrastructure and the areas with the greatest concentration of population. This event, together with several other difficulties, have marked the last year making Haiti a unique case in complexity to deliver aid in an environment characterised by numerous logistical, infrastructure, social and political challenges.

Read more …

EU speaks with one single voice on Development and Cooperation, DG DEVCO-EuropeAid in place

The new Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (DG DEVCO) formally began its work on 3 January 2011. Headed by Mr. Fokion Fotiadis, this new Directorate will be responsible for designing European development policy and for delivering aid throughout the world.

Read more …

EU reaffirms commitment and support for Human Rights defenders and fight against discrimination

In the occasion of the celebration of the Human Rights Day, the European Union has reaffirmed its strong commitment to keep human rights at the centre of its external action. The European Union has underlined its strong commitment to do more to promote and defend human rights throughout the world. Support to human rights defenders is a key element of the EU’s human rights policy in its external action.

Read more …