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EU in Mali : additional €20m humanitarian aid

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

EU in Mali : additional €20m humanitarian aid

The EU announced the mobilisation of €20 million for Mali as relief for the people fleeing the conflict and for the approximately 100.000 malnourished refugees children.
The Commissioner had already announced a €20 million allocation last December as the population had been severely affected by a drought and subsequent crop failure, followed by a political crisis. Also, following the meeting last week of the Foreign Affairs, the EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced the European Commission decision to allocate €50 million from the Peace Facility for Africa to support the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA). On the same date, EU foreign ministers agreed a number of other concrete measures to assist the Malian authorities: the launch of the EU Training Mission to train and reorganise the Malian Armed Forces; political support for the development of a Roadmap for the restoration of democracy and constitutional order; the appointment of an EU Special Representative for the Sahel. On February 5, the EU will host in Brussels a ministerial meeting of the international Support and Follow-up Group on the situation in Mali.  
The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva was on the ground in Mali, assessing the needs of Malians affected by the crisis.
Since last year, 350,000 people have fled from northern and central Mali to the south and neighbouring countries causing massive humanitarian needs.

Sourec: European Commission