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EU Commission releases further €20m in humanitarian aid for Tsunami victims

Summary: EU Commission releases further €20m in humanitarian aid for Tsunami victims (15 December 2005: Brussels)


The European Commission has adopted a new humanitarian aid decision for €20 million to provide continuing support to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. This funding comes on top of €103 million already allocated in four previous decisions, most of which has already been spent (see table below). The Commission is thus fulfilling the pledge made by Commission President Barroso at the Jakarta conference in January 2005 to provide €123 million for humanitarian programmes in the tsunami-affected areas.

The support is being channelled through the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) which comes under the responsibility of Louis Michel, the Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

Commenting on the decision, Mr Michel said: “Almost a year after the tsunami, it is widely recognised that the relief effort succeeded in meeting immediate needs for food, shelter, healthcare, clean drinking water and sanitation. However, the transition from relief to reconstruction is a longer-term process, and it is clear that humanitarian aid is still essential to ease and prevent suffering, notably for people living in transitional camps.”

The objective of the latest funding is to meet ongoing humanitarian needs during the transition from emergency to recovery in the three worst-affected countries; Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. To avoid discrimination in aid distribution, support will also be provided to vulnerable local populations – including people affected by conflict - in areas of Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

The funds will be used mainly to provide integrated assistance, including health care, water and sanitation, shelter and livelihood recovery. The aid will go to more than 1.5 million displaced people as well as vulnerable local communities.

The Commission’s humanitarian response to the tsunami crisis: How the money has been spent so far

Contracted with partners
Primary emergency decision 26 December 2004
(3 months)
Emergency decisions, 30,31 December 2004
(6 months)
Ad hoc decision, 9 February 2005
(12-18 months)
Ad hoc decision, 16 December 2005
(12-18 months)

€ 100.667 m

More details:

  • Ref: EC05-432EN
  • EU source: European Commission
  • UN forum: 
  • Date: 15/12/2005

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