About ECHO

Our mandate

Our mandate

The European Union is the world's biggest donor of humanitarian aid, providing more than 50% of humanitarian aid worldwide.

Its European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) was created in 1992 as an expression of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world. In 2004 it became the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid before integrating Civil Protection in 2010 for a better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe. In 2010, Kristalina Georgieva was appointed as the first dedicated Commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.


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Who is who

Organigramme ECHO operates under Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, who is responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response.

The Director-General of ECHO is Claus SORENSEN.


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Annual reports

Annual report 2010The European Commission reports review the operational framework within which ECHO operations were carried out and the events to which ECHO responded.


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