REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL Annual report on the European Union's humanitarian aid operations financed in 2019
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 2019.
2. In 2019, humanitarian needs kept increasing due to complex crises – often causing massive population displacement – as well as to natural disasters and epidemic outbreaks. Against this background, the EC Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) remained a leading humanitarian donor, allocating EUR 2.4 billion to millions of crisis-affected people in more than 80 countries. To address the growing humanitarian funding gap, DG ECHO continued promoting the implementation of the Grand Bargain commitments, notably in relation to multi-sectoral joint needs assessment.
3. A significant proportion of the EU humanitarian aid was devoted to crisis-affected people inside Syria and its neighbouring countries, including the humanitarian component of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The EU also focused on supporting populations in "forgotten crises”, such as in the Central African Republic, Sudan, Pakistan, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, and the Philippines.