Humanitarian action: Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the press conference on the new outlook for the EU's humanitarian action in light of COVID-19Thank you.

European Commission
Brussels, 10 March 2021

The college has adopted an important Communication proposed by my colleague, Commissioner [for Crisis Management] Janez Lenarčič, that will boost the European Union's humanitarian aid policy. Humanitarian aid is a fundamental pillar of our external action and our foreign policy. And humanitarian needs are higher than ever because we live in a world where a combination of conflicts, climate change, environmental degradation, and the coronavirus pandemic have deteriorated an already fragile situation. Principled humanitarian aid is a concrete expression of our solidarity - European Union Solidarity - a fundamental and much needed value during these challenging times. But the needs are growing and the resources and donors are limited. Crises become longer and they risk being forgotten while we become numb to human suffering. [We] look at the conflicts in Syria and Yemen as fait accompli that lasts and lasts without solution, piling suffering for years inside Syria, Yemen, Darfur. I...
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