26 January 2015, New York - The European Union is increasing its humanitarian assistance in Ukraine where the latest surge of violence has deepened an already desperate situation. Thousands of people are suffering from the combined impact of the conflict, displacement, extreme poverty and the harsh winter. The European Commission is pledging an additional € 15 million in humanitarian assistance. This will address the basic needs of the most needy in Mariupol and the other areas affected by the conflict, the internally displaced and refugees, and the returnees who are going back home. The funds cover daily necessities, such as shelter, food, water, healthcare, and warm clothing. They bring the EU emergency and early recovery aid, including contributions from the Member States, to € 95 million.
25 January 2015, Brussels - Following yesterday's attack on Mariupol and the escalation of violence in the Donbas Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, decided to convene extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council this coming Thursday, 29 January, in Brussels.
22 January 2015, New York - The EU condemns and rejects all forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia, including Antisemitism. The fight against racism and xenophobia in all their forms, including Antisemitism, is, and will remain, one of the core aspects of the European Union's work as it goes to the very heart of our common values.
Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January) is part of the EU's official calendar and will this year see the official launch of a specific training module for EU officials on Human Rights and Holocaust Remembrance.