Humanitarian aid

01-09-2017

Humanitarian aid is a specific area of EU external action. It responds to needs in the event of man-made or natural disasters. The Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds relief operations and coordinates Member States’ policies and activities. Parliament and the Council of the EU act as co-legislators in shaping the EU’s humanitarian aid policy and take part in the global debate on more effective humanitarian action.

Humanitarian aid is a specific area of EU external action. It responds to needs in the event of man-made or natural disasters. The Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funds relief operations and coordinates Member States’ policies and activities. Parliament and the Council of the EU act as co-legislators in shaping the EU’s humanitarian aid policy and take part in the global debate on more effective humanitarian action.