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Parliamentary questions
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12 September 2018
E-002338/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Stylianides on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002338/2018

1. The European Commission can fund humanitarian aid for people in need within the EU's territory through the Emergency Support Instrument (ESI). This instrument was activated for the first time in March 2016. The European Commission has no direct legal contractual relation with Unicef’s Greek National Committee and this Committee has no role in the implementation of Unicef projects in Greece, funded by the Commission. To date, EU humanitarian assistance disbursed so far through ESI to Unicef for projects in Greece amounts to EUR 22.8 million; the programme assists unaccompanied minors in safe zones, it provides child protection, and it supports both formal and non-formal education activities. Moreover, additional funding of EUR 1 million was provided to Unicef for assistance to a project for Promoting Inspirational Children and Youth in Greece through the Public awareness, Information and Communication Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP).2. The Emergency Support Instrument is activated for three years until March 2019. The current programmes implemented by Unicef within this framework will continue until then.3. The European Commission does not have any information on the amount of funding Unicef has received from Greece in the last fifteen years.

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