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The European Union is the world's leading provider of humanitarian aid. This aid, which takes the form of financing, provision of goods or services, or technical assistance, aims to help prepare for and deal urgently with the crises which seriously affect populations outside the Union, whether these be natural disasters, disasters caused by human activity, or structural crises.
The Union's action is based on the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence, and comprises three instruments: emergency aid, food aid, and aid for refugees and displaced persons. ECHO coordinates this action and cooperates closely with partners who implement aid on the ground, in particular the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.
- European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid
- Towards a European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid
- Instrument for humanitarian aid
- EU guidelines on the promotion of compliance with international humanitarian law
- Promotion of compliance with international humanitarian law: GuidelinesArchives
- Partnership with the United Nations: development assistance and humanitarian aid
- Framework Partnership Agreement with humanitarian organisations (2008-2012)
- Towards the establishment of a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps
- Strengthening the European disaster response capacity
- Disaster and crisis response in Non-EU Member Countries
- Civil Protection Mechanism
- Financing of civil protection measures (2007-2013)
- EU response to fragile situations
- Disaster risk reduction in developing countries
- Linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD)
- Food aid
- Human rights
- HUMANITARIAN AID OFFICE - ECHO
- Overviews of European Union: Humanitarian aid.
- Further information: the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) of the European Commission.