Sunday, 5 July 2009

EU humanitarian aid: ECHO Annual Report 2008

The European Commission has published the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid - (ECHO) Annual Report 2008 (Brussels, 1.7.2009 COM(2009) 290 final).

The Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) is the service of the European Commission responsible for providing humanitarian assistance to the people affected by conflicts or disasters, both natural and man-made, in third countries.

The European Union is the largest single donor in operations providing assistance, relief and protection to populations in third countries affected by humanitarian crises. DG ECHO does not implement assistance programmes itself.

The 11 page report offers an overview of the humanitarian aid given by the European Union.

The report is accompanied by the document SEC(2009) 825, which has not been posted among the preparatory documents (SEC). I found neither the latest report nor the SEC document on ECHO’s web page for Annual reports. (Strangely, no SEC document has been posted under preparatory acts since 21 May 2009.)

Ralf Grahn