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Ban on aid agencies likely to fuel new exodus of Somali refugees

29/11/2011 - The European Commission strongly condemns the Al Shabaab announcement of the expulsion of 16 humanitarian aid agencies working in Somalia. This action will have disastrous effects on the capacity of humanitarian agencies to respond to the current emergency fuelled by prolonged conflict and drought. (...)

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

15/12/2011 - Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, stated : "On this day in 1947 the UN Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (...)

The EU and Chile intensify cooperation in disaster management

24/11/2011 - Reinforcing cooperation in disaster management was the theme for today's meeting between Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and Fernando Schmidt, Deputy Minister for External Relations in Chile (...)

Commissioner Georgieva visits Berlin

24/11/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in Berlin for high-level meetings with ministers and civil protection officials, and to update the Government on her work in strengthening the European Union's disaster-response mechanisms, for which she has received strong support from the German capital (...)

Commissioner Georgieva receives President Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire

23/11/2011 - Moving from humanitarian needs to development, and from bringing relief to supporting recovery and stability – these were the topics for today's discussion between Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire. (...)

Looming hunger crisis in Sahel: Commission acts to save lives

21/11/2011 - EU Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response) and Connie Hedegaard (Climate Action) made a joint statement to mark the publication of the IPCC Special Report: Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to (...)

Extreme weather events will intensify, according to the world's leading climate scientists

21/11/2011 - EU Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response) and Connie Hedegaard (Climate Action) made a joint statement to mark the publication of the IPCC Special Report: Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to (...)

Commissioner visits Serbia to discuss cooperation in disaster management

17/11/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is on her way to Serbia, where she will attend a ministerial conference on closer regional cooperation on the prevention of natural and man-made disasters. (...)

Cooperation in disaster management: Europe and the United States take a major step forward

17/11/2011 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva met today with W. Craig Fugate, Administrator of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Department of Homeland Security. They discussed the priorities for cooperation between Europe and the United States in disaster management and emergency response. (...)

Development ministers discuss the latest situation in the Horn of Africa

15/11/2011 - At the Foreign Affairs Council on 14 November, Commissioner Georgieva briefed Europe's development ministers on the latest developments in the Horn of Africa. Over 13 million people are facing food shortages and Europe has already donated over €700 million. (...)

Commissioner Georgieva in Rome to discuss civil protection and volunteering priorities with Italian and Vatican authorities

11/11/2011 - Today the Commissioner is in Rome, where she has met Gianni Letta, Under Secretary of State to the presidency of the Council of Ministers, to discuss civil protection issues. Yesterday afternoon she addressed a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Civil Protection Mechanism (...)