What are the needs?
Serbia has recently been confronted with a massive influx of refugees and migrants in transit from Greece to Hungary or Croatia. Displaced persons have arrived particularly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Humanitarian aid and in-kind assistance are needed to support humanitarian organisations and local authorities coping with the displacement crisis.
How are we helping?
The Commission's Humanitarian Aid Operations has funded emergency humanitarian interventions in the Western Balkans in favour of vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
EU humanitarian funding in the Western Balkans assists refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in need according to vulnerability criteria and contributes to the provision of emergency assistance (food, water, hygiene, non-food items, health, basic protection, and winterisation) in places where a high number of refugees is concentrated, including borders and registration points.
EU funding is provided in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism
Since September 2015 the European Commission has helped coordinate in-kind assistance to Serbia through the EU civil protection mechanism. Ten EU Member States have offered more than 246 000 items such as heaters, power generators, beds, isothermal blankets and sleeping bags. As the influx of refugees and migrants decreased drastically in the first half of 2016, Serbia closed the request for assistance in August 2016.