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Financing decision on Emergency support

Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, at the refugee site in Elaionas, Greece. © European Union 2016 / Yorgos Karahalis

The European Commission can fund emergency support operations to respond to disasters of exceptional scale within the European Union. Such funding takes place on the basis of Council Regulation (EU) 2016/369 from March 2016.

According to the legislation, the decision to activate such emergency support within the European Union can be taken by the Council following a proposal made by the Commission. The first activation took place on 16 March 2016 for the current influx of refugees and migrants into the European Union. It is proposed to distribute a total of €700 million in different tranches between 2016 and 2018.

The emergency support project funded with this money should address the basic and urgent needs of refugees and migrants such as food, health, water and sanitation, shelter and protection. This support will be complementary to what is already being provided by the Greek authorities.

Emergency support funding can be granted only to the Commission's humanitarian partner organisations, on the basis of project proposals. Read more on becoming a partner, and find here the operational guidance to submit your proposal.

All Commission-funded operations must be based on the international humanitarian principles.

Last updated
22/06/2016