EU boosts humanitarian aid budget for 2021 as needs rise

Daily News 26 / 01 / 2021

Economy - published on 27 January 2021

Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

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. Janez
Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “Humanitarian needs are growing globally and we need a budget to match. Our increased budget will allow the EU to continue to
play a leading global role in responding to emerging and existing crises. Ultimately, humanitarian aid is about saving lives. Yet the gap between the financial resources provided by donors and the
rapidly increasing humanitarian needs in 2021 is growing. To leave no one behind we therefore need more international partners to step up to fill this gap. We should not forget that only a global
response will solve global issues, such as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which affects everyone.” The European Union has been providing humanitarian aid since 1992 in over 110
countries, reaching millions of people across the globe each year. EU assistance is delivered through humanitarian partner organisations, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and
the Red Cross family. The press release is available online.

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