EU aid funding crunch — filling one hole by digging another?

Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. Photo by: European Union / CC BY-NC-ND

The European Parliament’s budgets committee has given the green light to an extra €150 million ($207 million) for the European Commission’s most urgent humanitarian aid and food assistance needs, and a further €37 million for its democracy and human rights instrument.

The sum will allow the Commission to pay its most urgent bills, but according to lawmakers, payment problems in the EU external action field are likely to recur in the course of this year.

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    Eva Donelli

    As a correspondent based in Brussels, Eva Donelli covers EU development policy issues and actors, from the EU institutions to the international NGO community. Eva was previously at the United Nations Regional Information Center for Western Europe and in the European Parliament's press office. As a freelance reporter, she has contributed to Italian and international magazines covering a wide range of issues, including EU affairs, development policy, social protection and nuclear energy. She speaks fluent English, French and Spanish in addition to her native Italian.