EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection


EU Humanitarian Aid


2016-03-01: EU Commission's new Emergency Assistance instrument for faster crisis response within the EU



New Emergency Assistance instrument for faster crisis response within the EU:!Kd37fp #RefugeeCrisis




European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides:

"With this proposal, we will be able to deliver emergency assistance for crises much faster than before, inside the European Union. Right now, there's no doubt that this will be particularly needed to support refugees. No time can be lost in deploying all means possible to prevent humanitarian suffering within our own borders. Today's proposal will make €700 million available to provide help where it is most needed. I now look to European governments and the European Parliament to quickly back the proposal."



On return and readmission procedures under the EU-Turkey joint action plan 

Return of 308 irregular migrants, mainly of Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian origin


Managing the #RefugeeCrisis: Stepping up return procedures to #Turkey:!rf63uf 



As non-Schengen area country former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM) closes borders, and relocations to other countries are pending,


Greece becomes overwhelmed and faces imminent humanitarian crisis according to the UN



UN News Centre @UN_News_Centre

#UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece - #SyriaCrisis



Our @AdrianEdwrds briefing @UNGeneva on imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece amid disarray in Europe over asylum




Pledges to relocate 66400 refugees from Greece, but States have so far only created 1,539 spaces. Only 325 actual relocations have occurred.



Resources + coordination needed to solve Europe refugee situation, halt new crisis in Greece 







EU Civil Protection


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\Forest Fires



“Every year, devastating forest fires take place in Europe and around the world, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. When the scale of a fire exceeds the capacity of a country to extinguish it, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism can be activated to coordinate the response from participating states.”


When Greece activated the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism on 2015-07-17 to request forest firefighting planes, the EU could respond in a matter of hours thanks to France that made available its firefighting planes from the voluntary pool of EU's civil protection assets.



European Commission retweeted 2015-07-17

Margaritis Schinas ‏@MargSchinas  Jul 17

.@EU_Commission press-release : #EU assists #Greece in fighting forest fires. #solidarity …



“France contributed two Canadair firefighting planes and a plane that ensures coordination. This is the first time that planes have been activated from the EU's civil protection pool of assets for fighting forest fires.”


Image below from European Commission Instagram account.