EU Allocates €130 Million In Humanitarian Aid for Latin America and The Caribbean

EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič. (Photo via EU Reporter)

Source: CNW

The European Commission has announced a substantial allocation of nearly €130 million (US$141.1 million) in humanitarian aid for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) this year.

This aid aims to address the pressing needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by ongoing emergencies across the region.

Responding to emergencies across the region
Part of the allocated funds, amounting to €1 million (almost US$1.08 million), will be directed towards assisting in the aftermath of devastating floods in Brazil.

These floods have recently ravaged 90 per cent of the territory of Rio Grande do Sul, underscoring the urgent need for support.

Reinforcing disaster preparedness amidst growing challenges
Recognizing the increasing frequency and intensity of natural hazards exacerbated by climate change, the European Union (EU) emphasizes the importance of bolstering disaster preparedness efforts in the region.

Commitment to addressing humanitarian crises
EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, highlighted the gravity of the situation, citing record numbers of displaced individuals and escalating violence in certain areas of the region.

Lenarčič emphasized the EU’s unwavering commitment to assisting those most affected by humanitarian crises.

Strengthening partnerships for resilience
During his visit to Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, Lenarčič announced plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with several regional organizations and governments.

This initiative aims to enhance cooperation in disaster risk management between the EU and LAC, further solidifying existing partnerships.

Targeted aid for specific challenges
In addition to the broader humanitarian aid package, the EU has earmarked specific allocations to address distinct challenges across the region.

Notably, over €1 million will be allocated to respond to migration flows primarily from Venezuela, Cuba, and Haiti, with an additional one million Euros dedicated to disaster preparedness efforts.

Focus on Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis
The largest portion of EU funding, nearly €50 million (US$54.2 million), is designated for Venezuela.

This substantial aid package aims to alleviate the protracted humanitarian crisis in the country and mitigate its regional repercussions.

Additionally, five million Euros will be allocated to bolster disaster preparedness measures.

Extending support to other affected nations
Beyond Venezuela, the EU funding will benefit other countries grappling with humanitarian challenges in the region.

This includes support for Colombia, South American nations, Ecuador, and Central America, reflecting the EU’s commitment to addressing humanitarian needs across Latin America and the Caribbean.

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