|European Commission: DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
|COM (2021) 110
Communication adopted by the European Commission on 10 March 2021, setting out a plan aimed at strengthening the European Union's global humanitarian impact to meet rising needs in the wake of a number of challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The Communication proposes a series of key actions to expedite the provision of humanitarian aid by expanding the resource base, supporting a better enabling environment for humanitarian partners and addressing the root causes of crises through a Team Europe approach. It highlights a renewed focus on international humanitarian law (IHL) and also sets out to tackle the dramatic humanitarian impact of climate change.
The plan includes the establishment of a new European Humanitarian Response Capacity (EHRC) to intervene directly in humanitarian crises, when traditional delivery mechanisms via EU partners or their capacities may be ineffective or insufficient. The EU also intends to put compliance with IHL at the heart of EU external action to protect civilian populations.
|Politics and International Relations
|Humanitarian Aid | Assistance
|EU External Action
|European Union [EU]