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


  1. Had to smile about your frustration over SEC documents. I have to try to trace these as part of my job and have amassed several different sources to locating them and still they can be really tricky to find. The trouble is they can be vital to the main COM document and are never so readily released by the EC - isnt it frustrating!

  2. Annette,

    The EU has the right principles in place (in the Treaty of Lisbon), but openness requires the right attitude and deeds.

  3. Yes, you're right. I'm a big fan of the EU (and I'm British so that's saying something, I'm afraid). You should subscribe to Lawtel EU - I work hard to get all these SEC documents attached to the COM documents so that you don't have to scout around for them yourself! However, I must admit I'm having the very devil of a job finding that SEC 825 - fear not though I shall find it! I already have its accompanying report. I have only that one SEC and one other, SEC 913, outstanding and I actually have that in the pipeline. When I get hold of the SEC 825 I shall forward you a copy directly - no charge of course. You could always put me on your Christmas card list as thanks! Yes, I have a sense of humour. I need one.

  4. I have that SEC document you were looking for. I told you I would find it in the end! It's at:

    Hope it's useful.

  5. Annette,

    Thank you for the information.


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