EU unveils humanitarian aid strategy

The European Union has adapted a “European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid,” which defined the bloc’s common vision and approach to provide relief to people affected by conflicts and natural disasters. “The EU is the world’s biggest aid donor but we can do it better by working increasingly closer together. Common objectives, shared principles and better coordination can strengthen our capacity to help people in need,” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the signing ceremony. Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, welcomed the new agreement. “Our common objective in approving the Humanitarian Consensus is to present a clear European vision and approach to humanitarian aid so that we can help people in desperate need more quickly, effectively and efficiently.” (Press Release: A European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid: working together to help people in need/European Commission)

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