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Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Public support to EU humanitarian aid

According to the European Commission, public support for humanitarian aid has gone up in the EU in spite of the economic crisis. This is one of the key findings of the latest Eurobarometer survey on humanitarian aid and civil protection.
Nine out of 10 citizens (88 %) believe it is important for the European Union to continue funding humanitarian aid, a rise of nine percentage points since the last survey in 2010. Almost as many, 84 %, support maintaining humanitarian aid funding in spite of the current economic crisis and pressures on public finances.
‘Even in times of hardship, the EU public still supports us in helping people around the world who through no fault of their own find themselves in dire need — and that support has strengthened over the last two years,’ said Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
'I'm proud for Europe that there is such a strong commitment and support for humanitarian aid and civil protection despite the difficulties we face today. We do not take such generosity for granted. It is our duty to do our utmost to deliver aid and protection in a compassionate, professional and efficient way,’ the Commissioner added.
There is also a firm endorsement of the Commission's role in coordinating EU humanitarian aid; 71 % — up 13 percentage points since 2010. A strong majority of respondents (88 %) also supports an initiative to involve young people in EU humanitarian operations within an EU voluntary aid corps.

Source: European Commission

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