08/06/2012 - Public support for humanitarian aid has strengthened in the European Union despite the economic crisis. That is one of the key findings in the 2012 Eurobarometer surveys on humanitarian aid and civil protection.
The EU is the world's leading humanitarian aid donor, with nearly the full support of its citizens; 9 out of 10 citizens believe it is important the EU goes on funding humanitarian aid, a rise from 8 out of 10 since the last survey in 2010. Citizens also support maintaining humanitarian aid funding despite the current economic crisis and pressures on public finances (84%).
A vote of confidence in the European Commission's capacity to coordinate aid was seen in the finding that 82 % of people think a coordinated EU effort in response to disasters is more effective than efforts by individual countries. Maintaining support for the trust EU citizens have placed in ECHO is now our top priority; continue delivering aid and protection in a compassionate and professional manner, and improving efficiency wherever possible, is the way that ECHO plans on achieving this.
Kenya 2012 © European Union – ECHO/Malini Morzaria
Another interesting result from the survey was that 88 % of people also support the Commission's initiative to involve people in EU humanitarian operations within an EU Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps. To find out more about the Corps click here.
The two special Eurobarometer surveys, on Humanitarian Aid and on Civil Protection, were carried out in the 27 EU Member States between 25 February and 11 March 2012. In each survey, 26 751 respondents were interviewed face-to-face about their perceptions of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection policy.
The EU as a whole — the European Commission together with the Member States — is the world's leading humanitarian aid donor. For the past five years, the Commission alone provided an average of €1 billion annually.