Commission to strengthen humanitarian aid delivery system
Brussels (Brussels Morning) The European Commission has announced a reinforced humanitarian aid system to improve delivery of essential supplies to those most in need. The initiative took shape in response to the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on humanitarian needs worldwide.
“EU humanitarian aid needs to deliver better by boosting its efficiency and impact. The EU takes up its global responsibility and shows leadership when crises are expanding and humanitarian principles are challenged,” Janez Lenarcic, Commissioner for Crisis Management, declared.
Humanitarian needs and demand are at an all-time high, driven largely by a resurgence in state-based conflicts, combined with the impact of climate change, environmental degradation, global population growth and failed governance, the Commission’s communication reads
In practice, the EU will set up a new European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC) capable of intervening directly in humanitarian crises, whenever traditional humanitarian delivery mechanisms risk being ineffective or insufficient.
The goal is to upgrade and facilitate logistical support including transport, enabling the pooling of resources and enhancing deployment in the field, the Commission stated.
The EHRC is expected to complement and coordinate with the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (ECPM), while relying on operational support from the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre.