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Tuesday, 06 March 2012

EU to boost funding for the DRC

CTA Brussels has been informing this week of the 4-days visit of the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), whose main aim is to raise awareness of the humanitarian situation in the country.  According to recent updates of the European Commission Press Service, once she has arrived  in the capital,  Kinshasa, she has announced to increase funds for the plight of hundreds of thousands of people in the DRC. “Millions of people in the DRC are going through one of the world's longest emergencies. Displacement on a massive scale is a problem unresolved for almost 20 years now. The country is struggling with tremendous difficulties. This is why we are increasing our funding for the DRC by ten percent compared to last year", she stated.
As we already informed our readers, this year the European Commission (EC)  will channel €59 million in humanitarian aid to Africa's second-largest country. Furthermore, the EC is also supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo's prospects for development, as the 10th European Development Fund has allocated around €584 million to the country between 2008 and 2013.

Source: European Commission