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Kristalina Georgieva receives Raúl Gonzalez, amongst other football players acting as goodwill ambassadors against hunger, the FAO and the European Professional Fooball Leagues © EU

European football joins the Commission in fighting hunger

28/02/2012 - Few priorities are as important as the fight against hunger. In a world of seven billion people, it affects nearly one billion, stunting the development of children and countries alike. The European Commission is one of the largest donors of food assistance in the world (...)

Commissioner Georgieva talks to Somali refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya © EU

Commissioner Georgieva engages in high-level dialogue on Somalia's future

23/02/2012 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in London today for high-level talks on helping Somalia's recovery. She participates in events in the framework of the London Conference on Somalia, organised by the British government. The Commissioner and other representatives of the international (...)

Valerie Amos and Kristalina Georgieva © EU

Georgieva and Amos call for access to the victims of violence in Syria

21/02/2012 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has just received the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, with whom she discussed the growing emergency inside Syria. ‘The situation is escalating and here is a very real danger that a refugee crisis will mushroom (...)

Commissioner Georgieva visiting a joint EU-WFP project in Chad © EU

Commissioner Georgieva visits Ireland's humanitarian community in Dublin

20/02/2012 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is visiting Ireland's capital today. She will meet members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and will discuss humanitarian priorities with Joe Costello, the Minister of State for Trade and Development (...)

Commissioner Georgieva visiting a joint EU-WFP project in Chad © EU

The European Commission and World Food Programme join forces against looming Sahel crisis

15/02/2012 - The European Commission and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will scale up joint efforts to fight the threat of hunger to women and children when they sign an agreement designating €30 million to humanitarian assistance in the Sahel. (...)

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The EU Civil Protection Mechanism welcomes its 32nd member

14/02/2012 - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has become the 32nd member of the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism. This brings the country into a community of European nations which work together for better prevention, preparedness and response to disasters.(...)

A member of the Civil Protection team discussing with victims of the earthquake in Turkey © EU

EU-Turkey: Discussing closer collaboration in major emergencies

09/02/2012 - The European Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is visiting Turkey in recognition of the country's growing role as an international humanitarian aid donor. She will discuss with the Turkish authorities the needs and opportunities for closer cooperation in responding to disasters and emergency management (...)

Meeting on food crisis and malnutrition in the Sahel © EU

Humanitarian assistance mobilised to respond to the looming food crisis in the Sahel

08/02/2012 - The European Commission is scaling up its humanitarian assistance to the Sahel region of West Africa (...)

A woman walks during a heavy snowfall in central Sofia on February 5, 2012 © AFP Photo/ Dimitar Dilkoff

Severe cold tests Europe's civil protection capacities

06/02/2012 - Wide parts of Europe are suffering extreme cold, which is putting a huge strain on national civil protection capacities. As of today, about 360 people have died from hypothermia and thousands have been hospitalised. The majority of victims are in Ukraine (131 dead), Poland (53 dead) and Romania (34 dead) (...)

A woman receiving food © EU

The UN declares end of famine in Somalia – reaction of the EU humanitarian commissioner

03/02/2012 - The easing of famine in Somalia is an important achievement after months of suffering. The improvement is due to significant humanitarian assistance coupled with a favourable recent rainy season and good harvest (...)

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Commissioner Georgieva attends 48th Munich Security Conference

03/02/2012 - Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is in Germany today and tomorrow, attending the Munich Security Conference - an important independent forum for the exchange of ideas between international political and business leaders and policy-makers (...)