Annual Report on the European Union’s humanitarian aid policies and their implementation in 2017

1. This annual report outlines the main activities and policy achievements of the European Commission in the field of humanitarian aid and civil protection, carried out through its Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) during 2017. The mission of ECHO is to help save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by crises. This is fulfilled through their humanitarian assistance and civil protection operations, acting as a donor on behalf of the EU.

2. In 2017, ECHO’s budget reflected the ever-increasing frequency, complexity and severity of humanitarian crises across the globe. The humanitarian and civil protection assistance provided by ECHO amounted to €1.548 billion (£1.378 billion). The report sets out the main areas of ECHO spend both geographically and by activity in 2017.

Examples of Humanitarian Aid Operations in 2017
3. The Commission provided EUR 280m (c.£249m) of humanitarian assistance in Syria and neighbouring countries for immediate life-saving and emergency operations as well as for the provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, provision of food and child protection. The Commission contracted the full EUR 1.4bn (c.£1.2bn) envelope for the Facility for Refugees in Turkey for 2016-17. This included EUR 998m (c.£889m) for the EU’s largest ever humanitarian programme – the Emergency Social Safety Net.

4. EU assistance to Africa in 2017 was focused on areas experiencing food security crises and protracted conflicts including the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and Lake Chad, where the central objective was to ensure close links with EU development aid to support the resilience of affected communities.

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