World Humanitarian Day 2012: The EU pays tribute to all humanitarian personnel

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva paid solemn tribute to all humanitarian personnel who have worked in promotion of the humanitarian cause and lost their lives following that call, in a statement made on the World Humanitarian Day last 19 of August.

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The Commission will assist flood victims in the Philippines with €700,000 from the EU funds

€700,000 of humanitarian aid will be distributed through the European Commission's partner organisations to help flood victims in the Philippines. So far, the floods have affected more than 3.5 million people and forced over one million to evacuate their homes. The Commission's humanitarian funding will assist 127,000 poor and vulnerable people.

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The European Union will finance new transport infrastructure and export promotion projects in Kenya

The European Union has approved a new financial envelope of €31.95 million aimed at financing development projects in Kenya. The actions to be taken thanks to this new funds will be developed within a project for the improvement of rural road infrastructure in Kenya and a project that will contribute to improve Kenyan exports.

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The European Commission presents its Annual Report 2012 on development and external aid

As the world's largest donor in terms of development aid, the European Union has carried out an intensive work during 2011. According to the EuropeAid Annual Report 2012, the largest economic envelope during this period was devoted to projects in the field of social infrastructures, education, water, government and other development activities with civil society.

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€40 million in additional EU humanitarian aid for Sudan and South Sudan

The European Commission decided to increase its support in €40 million for the victims of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Sudan and South Sudan. Especially in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated drastically in 2012. This brings to €127 million the Commission's relief aid in the two countries for this year.

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The EU doubles the aid for humanitarian needs in Syria

The European Commission announced additional €20 million of relief aid to Syria. This will bring the European Commission's total assistance in this crisis to €63 million. The additional funding will go to projects which provide food, water, sanitation, shelter, medical support and supplies, as well as psychological support for an estimated 1.5 million Syrians inside the country as well as to Syrian refugees.

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The Commission announced new funds for disaster-preparedness programmes in 2012

€35 million is the total amount announced by the European Commission for helping the people from the most vulnerable and poorest communities in Central America, Central Asia and the Caucasus region, South-East Asia and Southern Africa will benefit from the European Commission's Disaster-Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO). Overall, the DIPECHO programme seeks to reduce the impact of natural disasters.

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EU remains the largest provider of Aid for Trade in the world

A new monitoring report presented by the European Commission confirmed that despite the economic crisis, the EU and its Member States have once again been confirmed as the largest provider of Aid for Trade in the world. In particular, on Trade Related Assistance, the EU had already met their €2 billion target, committed in the 2007's EU Aid for Trade Strategy, both in 2008 and in 2009.

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€40 million in additional EU assistance to the Sahel

The European Commission announced an increase of €40 million in additional humanitarian funding to the Sahel, bringing its response to the food crisis to €337 million. In addition, it also announced the launching of a new partnership on strengthening the resilience of the Sahel to future crises.

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Latin America should not suffer drastic cuts to EU development aid, according to MEPs

The European Parliament approved a report that opposes the drastic cuts to EU development aid for Latin-America proposed by the Commission. According to the MEP responsible for the report, Ricardo Cortés, MEPs do not support the radical approach proposed by the Commission, which is based solely on economic criteria and would deprive countries like Ecuador, Colombia and Peru of EU aid.

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