Vision of European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid more important than ever
Press release 11-10-2017
Development

Marking the 10th anniversary of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, Enrique Guerrero Salom, European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur said:

“The Consensus is one of the guarantees that the EU stays committed to the fundamental principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence when delivering aid in the world. This common framework enables us to effectively provide help to the millions who starve, are displaced by war or other disasters.

Enshrined in the Lisbon treaty, it has advanced ideas on principled, needs-based humanitarian response and mainstreamed key issues such as the role of local actors, the importance of prevention and risk-reduction, the protection of vulnerable groups, or the humanitarian-development nexus, which are all still relevant today.

The vision of the Consensus is still valid and even more pressing today than it was 10 years ago. The EU must remain committed to its core idea, but adapt the implementation to a changed European and global context.”

On Wednesday, 11 October from 15:00 representatives of Parliament, the Council Presidency and the European Commission will debate its relevance in a changed and challenging context with humanitarian actors. Watch the debate live.

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