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The Commission stands ready to step up humanitarian assistance inside Libya

Libyan dissidents hoist the flag of the Interim Transitional National Council after removing Libyan flag on a balcony of the Libyan Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 22 August 2011 © Belga
22/08/2011  - 

Following the dramatic events in Libya, with the speedy passage of rebel troops into Tripoli, the European Commission is calling for for improved humanitarian access and stands ready to respond to potential new humanitarian needs inside the country.

"We have prepositioned humanitarian stocks in the so far accessible zones of the country and have coordinated all our efforts with our humanitarian partners. We are ready," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. She reiterated Europe's steadfast commitment to provide relief and assistance to all Libyans who are in humanitarian need.

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) will initially focus its support on assisting the war-wounded, speeding up demining operations and providing assistance to the most vulnerable displaced Libyans and refugees.

The EU as a whole has contributed over €150 million in humanitarian assistance to the Libyan crisis, with €80 million coming from the Commission itself. This makes the European Union the largest provider of humanitarian aid in this crisis.