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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Funding for humanitarian aid

Funding for humanitarian aid

The initial EU budget of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), as programmed in the EU's Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020, amounts to approximately €1 billion per year (a total of €7.1 billion was adopted for the entire seven years of the MFF).

Although the seven year ceiling is set by the MFF profile, the precise figure is decided each year by the EU Budget Authority (European Parliament and Council), following the annual budget procedure. In addition to the initial budget, an EU Emergency Aid Reserve can be called upon to respond to unforeseen events and major crises, financing notably humanitarian, civilian crisis management and protection operations in non-EU countries. In addition, unused amounts from other EU funding programmes may be transferred to humanitarian aid during the course of the year. Additional funding could also be provided through the European Development Fund (the 11th EDF) and through direct contributions from the EU Member States

The European Commission provides humanitarian funding worldwide to over 200 partner organisations which implement relief actions on the ground. These include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations and United Nations agencies.


Further information is available about ECHO's past humanitarian operation agreements and service contracts; as well as on its consultations with partners on funding decisions.

Picture: © The Johanniter/Paul Hahn Juli

Consultations with partners on financing decisions

The European Commission organises meetings addressed to its humanitarian partners to inform them about its financing decisions for humanitarian assistance in crisis areas.

Financing decisions (HIPs)

Financing decisions are legal acts adopted by the European Commission in order to authorise its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to spend from the EU budget and grant funding for humanitarian actions.

Grants and contributions

The European Commission is committed to guarantee full transparency on the beneficiaries of funds in line with the requirements of Article 35 of the Financial Regulation.