Humanitarian crises continue to increase around the world. While conflict and violence are at the root of the main humanitarian needs, the situation is increasingly aggravated by natural disasters, such as drought or floods, fueled by climate change and environmental degradation. To help those around the world most affected by these crises, the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.5 billion for 2022. Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high and continue to grow. This is primarily due to conflict, but increasingly to global challenges such as climate change and COVID-19. Our humanitarian aid will allow the EU to play its part and continue to save lives and cover the basic needs of the affected populations. The budget not only makes it possible to deal with new and very visible crises, but also to not relegate to the background existing, protracted or recurring humanitarian crises, such as those affecting Colombia or South Sudan or the Rohingya population.”
EU humanitarian aid in 2022 will be distributed as follows: €469 million will be allocated to sub-Saharan Africa; €351m of EU humanitarian aid will be allocated to needs in the Middle East and North Africa; €152m will fund projects in South East Europe and the European Neighbourhood; €188m will continue to help the most vulnerable populations in Asia and Latin America. The remaining €370m will be used to deal with unforeseen crises or sudden exacerbations of existing crises, as well as to finance other actions.
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