EC Adopts Record Size Humanitarian Aid Budget

Created on Friday, 29 January 2016

In December 2015, the European Commission adopted the EU humanitarian aid budget for 2016. An initial allocation of €1.1 billion is envisioned in the budget, already making it the highest budget for life-saving relief in man-made and natural disasters to date. The increase has been made due to the increasing number of refugees and displaced persons in Europe and the increasing impact of natural disasters.

Aside from these two fields for action, the European Commission has set education in emergencies as a particular priority. Funding for education in emergencies has increased from 1% to 4% of the EU’s overall humanitarian aid budget.

Given the unpredictable nature of disasters, 189 million euro will remain in reserve in 2016 to respond to sudden catastrophes such as earthquakes and flooding or for allocation to ongoing crises during the course of the year, based on needs assessments

The new budget will allow the EU to remain amongst the leading global donors of humanitarian assistance in 2016. EU humanitarian aid is impartial and independent, and is entirely based on needs, delivered in accordance with humanitarian principles.

Press release from the European Commission is available here.