Emergency humanitarian support within the EU
Regulation (EU) 2016/369 on the provision of emergency support within the EU
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?
-It seeks to provide a set of rules for emergency humanitarian support* for European Union (EU) countries during man-made or natural disasters.
-It comes into play when other instruments prove insufficient.
-It supports and complements the actions of the affected EU country/countries.
-The emergency support provided under this regulation is based on needs and is meant to preserve life, prevent human suffering and maintain human dignity.
-The Commission must present an assessment of each action that has received funding (or proposals to terminate support) to the Council at the latest 12 months after the activation of the emergency support.
-The Commission must ensure that funds used under this regulation are not affected by fraud, corruption or any other illegal activities that may harm the financial interests of the EU.
FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?
It applies from 16 March 2016.
The refugee and migration situation affecting the EU is the primary reason for this regulation. The EU (and Greece especially) has been overwhelmed by the arrival of large numbers of refugees and migrants who require urgent humanitarian assistance. The European Commission estimates that €300 million will be needed to meet the needs of refugees in 2016, and a further €200 million in 2017 as well as in 2018.
For more information, see:
-‘Emergency support within the EU’ on the European Commission's website.
Humanitarian support: food, shelter, water, medicine and protection measures are some of the types of humanitarian assistance which can be directed to affected populations.
Council Regulation (EU) 2016/369 of 15 March 2016 on the provision of emergency support within the Union (OJ L 70, 16.3.2016, pp. 1-6)
Communication from the Commission to the Council accompanying the proposal for a Council Regulation on the provision of emergency support within the EU (COM(2016) 116 final, 2.3.2016)
last update 19.09.2016
This summary has been adopted from EUR-Lex.Council Regulation (EU) 2016/369 of 15 March 2016 on the provision of emergency support within the Union