Five nomination for the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

The European Parliament has made public this year's nominees for the 2011 Sakharov Prize. They are Izzeldin Abuelaish (Palestinian Territories), a group of five activists from the Arab world, Dzmitry Bandarenka (Belarus), Boris Pahor (Slovenia) and the San José de Apartadó Peace Community (Colombia).

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€300 million on EU funds to support African peace and security

The European Commission is funding with €300 million to replenish the African Peace Facility (APF), to support African peace and security. With this additional contribution, the European Union reaffirms its support to peace and security in this continent. The African Union and African Regional Organisations will have the funding for the period 2011-2013 in order to support initiatives in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution, and peace building.

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European Commission asked support to African governments in fighting drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa

The EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva requested at the African Union meeting more help from the African governments in order to fight against the current situation of hunger in the Horn of Africa. In most areas affected by drought, malnutrition rates exceed 30% which is more than double the internationally recognised emergency threshold.

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The European Commission confirms its readiness to respond to humanitarian needs in Libya

The European Commission confirms that it is fully prepared to respond to humanitarian needs stemming from the fighting and its aftermath, following the dramatic events in Libya with the speedy progress of National Transition Council troops into Tripoli.

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€110 million of EU financial assistance for Tunisia economic recovery

The European Union approved two new financial assistance programmes for Tunisia for a total of €110 million. The first programme supports the economic recovery measures adopted by the Tunisian government and the second programme is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the Tunisian economy. These two programmes are part of the additional aid being provided by the EU to Tunisia following the January 2011 revolution.

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€115 million for Palestine thanks to a new European assistance package

The European Commission presented the new assistance package for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It sets up additional financial support for state-building, water-management and sanitation, as well as education and health services for refugees. 

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The European Union marks World Humanitarian Day as main World institutional donor

On August 19, World Humanitarian Day, the European Commission pays tribute to those who dedicate their lives to preserving and improving the lives of others who need assistance to survive. From its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Directorate General (ECHO), the European Commission seeks to ensure that the help allocated as main global institutional donor in humanitarian sphere delivers concrete results.

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European Commission grants 100 million Euro to improve living conditions and job creation in Egypt

The financial support agreed by the Commission will help to improve living conditions for the most disadvantaged groups in Cairo. Actions to be put in place will also involve economic measures aimed to create jobs as well as actions to improve environmental conditions in the area.

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The drought in the Horn of Africa is getting more severe according to the latest reports

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the EU published two special reports which highlights that the current drought in the Greater Horn of Africa is creating the most serious food insecurity situation in the world.

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More humanitarian aid for helping recovery Pakistan after 2010's floods

In 2010, the European Commission helped Pakistan with €150 million in humanitarian assistance. A further €76 million has been committed by the EU to cover continuing acute needs in the affected areas such as shelter, water and sanitation, food, livelihood recovery and healthcare. Furthermore, the Commission assured it is prepared to assist again if the upcoming monsoon season proves to be as destructive as in 2010.

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MEPs welcomed €200 million on development aid for South Sudan

MEPs welcomed the allocation by the EU of €200 million to support the implementation of the Government of South Sudan's forthcoming "2011-13 Development Plan" for projects related to education, health, agriculture, food security and democratic governance.

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