Extracts from the press conference by Kristalina Georgieva on the EC proposal for a Regulation on the setting up of the European Voluntary Corps in Humanitarian Aid

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-074566   Duration: 10:02:14  Lieu:
End production: 19/09/2012   First transmission: 19/09/2012
On 19 September 2012, Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, gave a press conference to present the global initiative that will create opportunities for some 10,000 people from 2014-2020 to volunteer worldwide in humanitarian operations. The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will provide a path for Europeans eager to help practically where help is most urgently needed. The number of natural and man-made disasters in the world has significantly increased over the last years and this trend is unfortunately likely to continue. Humanitarian organisations need more well-prepared people to support them helping communities struck by disasters.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, at the press conference 00:00:04
10:00:09 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (in ENGLISH): This support is built on 3 pillars. First, the EU Aid Volunteers will benefit EU citizens individually by giving them a chance to train and deploy in humanitarian emergencies. Second, it will benefit the EU as a whole by giving us a new avenue to share our values and to be a force for good around the world. 00:00:29
10:00:38 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:42 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): It will benefit the victims of humanitarian catastrophes by offering a helping hand in their moments of need and indeed their numbers are growing because natural disasters are on the increase 5 times since 1975 in numbers and much more in terms of intensity and impact. 00:00:25
10:01:08 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:11 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): We envisage building a strong and carefully selected world trained and ready for action network growing by some 1500 to 2000 volunteers every year and we of course will pay very close attention to their deployment with their security always in mind. 00:00:29
10:01:41 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:44 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): Over the last 20 years, we have built an incredible partnership with European NGO's and the Red Cross trough which we channel more than the half of our humanitarian funding. This organization has grown with us and thanks also to the private support of our citizens, they have become global leaders in delivering humanitarian aid often risking their lives to save the lives of others. 00:00:30
10:02:14 Departure of Kristalina Georgieva 00:00:07
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