Following the draft of the Council Regulation 2016/369 of the European Commission, the new emergency support instrument became operational to face emergency situations, humanitarian crises and natural catastrophes taking place in the UE.

The emergency support instrument is additional to the already existing financing instruments, such as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the Internal Security Fund (ISF), the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), the EU Health Programme and the European Civil Protection Mechanisms.

After the Parliament had approved the budget on 13 April, the Commission gave green light last week to the first projects that will be carried out in Greece by UNHCR, International Red Cross and other six humanitarian organizations. They will be financed through the Instrument at a total amount of 83 million of Euros. These first operations will provide the basic needs of migrants and refugees disembarked in Greece, such as basic healthcare, food, hygienic services, children-friendly spaces and temporary accommodation.

During its first phase, the Instrument is financing the interventions in the field of the migratory emergency: further 217 million will be granted before the end of 2016 in order to face the emergency in other crisis areas. Afterwards, the Instrument will be used in the framework of other emergencies and humanitarian crises, as proposed by the Commission and after obtaining the consent of the Council.

Emergency support instrument within the EU

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