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Ivorian refugees in Liberia at a distribution centre for emergency non-food items © EU/Koen Henckaerts

Commissioner Georgieva greatly concerned about escalating humanitarian crisis in the Côte d’Ivoire

29/03/2011 - The ongoing armed conflict in the Côte d’Ivoire is escalating by the day and already a massive humanitarian crisis. The European Commission was one of the first aid donors to provide help to those afflicted, many of whom are fleeing violence, (...)

Kristalina Georgieva, (second from right) answers questions from Japanese reporters © EU

Commissioner Georgieva – in Tokyo – praises Japan for its impressive effort to save lives and contain disaster damage

25/03/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has become the first high-level international politician to visit Japan in the aftermath of its devastating multiple disaster. Upon arrival in Tokyo, the Commissioner met with the Japanese Minister for Disaster Management Ryu Matsumoto, (...)

Departure of the Monitoring and Information Center team for Japan © EU

Commissioner Georgieva to visit disaster-stricken Japan

23/03/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva will travel to Japan tomorrow, 24 March. In Tokyo, she will discuss the ongoing relief operations with the Japanese authorities and aid providers, and will oversee the logistics of European assistance being delivered to those in need. (...)

A policeman walks through rubble in the devastated town of Rikuzentakata © AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM

European civil protection team leaves for Japan to coordinate European assistance following earthquake and tsunami wave

18/03/2011 - 15 European experts, from 8 member states, left for Tokyo this afternoon. They will coordinate on the ground the European humanitarian assistance to the Japanese people struggling with the consequences of a devastating earthquake and tsunami wave. (...)

Residents flee after clashes between soldiers and partisans of Alassane Ouattara © Belga/STRINGER

The European Commission boosts humanitarian aid for victims of Côte d'Ivoire crisis

17/03/2011 - With the crisis in the Côte d'Ivoire worsening by the day, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva announced a five-fold increase in EU humanitarian aid to the victims of mounting violence. Topping up the emergency assistance allocated in December, the European Commission will now provide another €25 million (...)

A family walk through the devastated remains of Kamaishi city © EPA/ Belga

EU Civil Protection Mechanism to coordinate European assistance to Japan following double disaster

15/03/2011 - Japan has requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to cope with the consequences of last week's massive earthquake and tsunami wave. The request triggered immediate offers from several Member States. (...)

Commissioner Georgieva discusses with refugees in Thailand © EU

Commissioner Georgieva pushes for durable solution for refugee problem in Thailand

14/03/2011 - Commissioner Georgieva travelled to Thailand for a two-day visit to review European humanitarian assistance to refugees from Myanmar and to discuss with the refugees, partner organisations and the Thai authorities the prospect of sustainable solutions for one of the world's protracted humanitarian crises. (...)

Floods following the tsunami in Japan © Belga

European Civil Protection Mechanism activated to help Japan cope with earthquake/tsunami destruction

11/03/2011 - At the request of Japan, the European Commission has activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism to provide assistance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country earlier today. Japan has requested search and rescue teams and search dogs for ongoing operations. (...)

Egyptians running to get on the right bus to leave a refugee camp © Jim Hollander/Belga

From the border between Libya and Tunisia, Commissioner Georgieva announces tripling of EU aid in humanitarian crisis

03/03/2011 - The European Commission has just raised again the level of its response to the growing humanitarian crisis caused by continuing violence in Libya. From the Libyan-Tunisian border, where the humanitarian situation is compounded by the massive flow of people fleeing Libya, (...)

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva reading her notes before the landing

The Commission boosts assistance for Libya's humanitarian crisis, Commissioner Georgieva travels to Tunisia to oversee humanitarian operations

02/03/2011 - The European Commission will step up its humanitarian aid to those fleeing violence in Libya - another urgent decision has just been announced by President Jose Manuel Barroso. This brings the Commission's crisis suport to 10 million EUR, which will cater for the most urgent needs of people crossing the Libyan borders. (...)

A well financed by ECHO © EU

ECHO ranked as one of the top humanitarian partners in UK aid performance review

02/03/2011 - The European Commission’s Humanitarian aid department (ECHO) is one of the top donors for offering very good value for money, says the Multilateral Aid Review of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. (...)