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EC to give EUR 42 million in aid to Pakistan

Steel News - Published on Tue, 15 Jan 2013

Pakistan will receive EUR 42 million humanitarian aid from the European Commission this year. The aid announced in Brussels on Thursday is part of EUR 661 million assistance the EC has allocated for 2013.

As in previous years, part of the budget is dedicated to forgotten crises communities that receive little media attention and for whom the Commission is often the only major donor.

For 2013, the Commission has identified several population groups in nine countries Algeria, Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Colombia, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Yemen who meet the criteria.

The EC said that the only new crisis on this year’s list is the one caused by conflict and internal displacement in Pakistan.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said that “The scope and size of the Commission’s worldwide humanitarian aid decision is a sober reminder of the extent of humanitarian needs around the world. For hundreds of millions of people crises are not rare events but recurrent, seemingly unavoidable hardships.”

Ms Georgieva said that as in the past, EU would provide its humanitarian assistance solely based on where people’s needs were most pressing and independently of any political agenda.

Source – www.dawn.com

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Posted By : admin on Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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