Thursday, 24 March 2016

EU boosts humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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Flags of the European Union countries. Flags of the European Union countries. Photo: Olena Yanykh.

The European Commission announced a new humanitarian aid package of €20 million to meet the needs of those affected by the conflict in the eastern part of the country.

Since 2014, the EU has provided assistance of over 146 million. That is in addition to the direct funding Ukraine has received from EU member states, according to EU CO-OPERATION NEWS.

About 3.1 million people in Ukraine and neighbouring countries require humanitarian assistance as a result of the war in the east. These include refugees, internally displaced persons, and people returning to their homes. These people lack food, medicine, health care, basic household items, clean water, and shelter. Essential services remain unavailable in the region due to damages to infrastructure, power grids, and water systems.

About 55% of the European Commission’s humanitarian assistance package targets people in need in the non-government controlled areas. The Commission is also assisting Ukrainian refugees in Belarus and Russia through the national Red Cross Societies in those countries.

EU humanitarian aid is often distributed in the form of cash and vouchers, allowing for maximum efficiency and preserving the dignity of the affected people. The recipients can buy essential items at local shops and markets, thereby supporting the local economy.

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