27M€ capacity-building programme as EU contribution to international humanitarian response

The European Commission has adopted a new funding decision for 27 million Euro to strengthen global humanitarian preparedness and the response capacity of international organisations. Daily experience confirms the view of the Commission's humanitarian partner organisations who call for significant gaps to be filled, notably in respect of logistics, pre-positioning and disaster-preparedness in sectors such as health, water/sanitation, shelter, food assistance and protection.

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EU reaffirms its leading role as humanitarian aid donor in the West Bank

European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, announced further 58 M€ in humanitarian aid for vulnerable Palestinian populations as he visited the Middle East region on a two-day humanitarian mission aimed at seeing for himself the destruction in Gaza following the conflict and to witness just how difficult the living conditions are there for the 1.5 million Palestinian population.

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3 M€ for EU emergency humanitarian aid in Gaza

An emergency humanitarian aid decision has been launched by the European Commission to provide an extra 3 M€ relief assistance in the Gaza Strip. The aid will be deployed as rapidly as possible to meet the basic needs of people affected by the Israeli airstrikes and by continuing access restrictions. Close cooperation is taking place with Czech presidency, in relation to this matter.

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EU establishes a facility for rapid response to soaring food prices in developing countries

As a response to the strong increase of food prices in the developing countries, Regulation (EC) Nº 1337/2008 has been published in the OJEU on December, 31st. This regulation establishes as a complement to the European Union’s current development policy instruments, a financing facility for a rapid response to the crisis caused by volatile food prices in developing countries.

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The EU and agree Georgia on the status of the EUMM in Georgia

This Agreement follows the negotiations between the European Union and Georgia in order to set the status for the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia and its personnel.

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European Commission delivers 2007 the EU Solidarity Fund 2007 Annual report

The Annual report, published on November, 12th, 2008, presents the activities of the EU Solidarity Fund in 2007 covering, as in previous reports, three areas: the treatment of new applications received in the course of 2007, monitoring of the ongoing implementation of grants, and the assessment of implementation reports with a view to preparing these for closure.

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Brussels calls for a development dimension at the G20 Summit

On the eve of the G20 summit to be held in Washington, the European Commission is launching an appeal for development to be given a place in the new "Bretton Woods II" architecture. This call comes with the celebration of the European Development Days (EDD) to be held in Strasbourg (France) at the same time as the G20 summit.

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EC and Malian cooperation to improve the management of migration

The Migration Information and Management Centre (CIGEM) was inaugurated on Octobre 6th, 2008 in Bamako, Mali, in the presence of Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Amadou Toumani Touré, the President of the Republic of Mali, and Brice Hortefeux, the French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Cooperative Development. The centre, which is financed by the EU as part of its development cooperation with Mali, is a pilot project that is to be copied in other West African countries.

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EUMM in Georgia starts operational phase

The operational phase of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia started on October 1st, 2008, in accordance with the arrangements set out in the Agreement of September 8th. In line with the commitment made by the EU in this Agreement there are 200 EU monitors deployed on the ground who, together with support staff, represent more than 300 total people deployed.

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Commission proposes to expand food programme for the most deprived persons in the EU

The European Commission has proposed to improve the current food distribution programme for the most deprived persons in the European Union by increasing the budget by two thirds to around 500 M€ from 2009 and extending the range of products which can be provided.

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12,78 M€ of EU Solidarity Fund for the damages caused by the hurricane "Dean" in Martinique and Guadeloupe

On September 15th the Commission presented a Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament on the mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund on the basis of application for assistance from the Fund made by France, after the hurricane "Dean", which affected Martinique and Guadeloupe in August 2007. The Interinstitutional Agreement of May 17th 2006 allows the mobilisation of the Fund within the annual ceiling of 1 billion Euro.

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