Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

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EU Member States (COHAFA)

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Why is this important?

The Council working party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) is the main forum within the EU for strategic and policy debate on humanitarian aid between the EU Member States and the European Commission. The group meets monthly and calls for additional emergency meetings in response to a major sudden crises.

What are we doing?

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and the EU Member States exchange information on humanitarian crisis situations and assess humanitarian needs. They also seek to improve the coherence of aid efforts at EU and global levels.

ECHO provides analysis on humanitarian crises to Member States and also presents policy initiatives to COHAFA. It promotes coordination between EU and national actions to enhance efficiency and complementarity of the different humanitarian aid measures.

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