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Increased humanitarian aid for the Horn of Africa

(BRUSSELS2) The EU today approved – by way of a decision (without debate) of the Council of Ministers – approved the strengthening of the humanitarian aid budget line by 33,86 million euros in commitments and €20 million in payments, mainly from the Emergency Aid Reserve, to provide humanitarian aid in response to the drought in the Horn of Africa and floods in Pakistan.

23,86 million euros in commitments will be earmarked for the Horn of Africa, in addition to the 157,4 million euros in humanitarian aid that the EU has already provided to Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. The new resources will be used in particular for food assistance, health, water and assistance to refugees.

16,5 million euros in commitments will be made available to Pakistan to enable humanitarian organizations to provide relief to the population affected by the floods. 10 million euros are guaranteed by the emergency aid reserve and 6,5 million euros from the remaining funds of the humanitarian aid budget line.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).