The European Union is one of the world's biggest donors of humanitarian aid.


Its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (DG ECHO) was created in 1992 as an expression of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world. In 2004 it became the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid before integrating Civil Protection in 2010 for a better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe.


The EU's humanitarian assistance is based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.


DG ECHO's humanitarian aid is distributed without regard for any political agendas and without exception, seeks to help those in the greatest need, irrespective of their nationality, religion, gender, ethnic origin or political affiliation.


When disaster strikes, help needs to arrive fast to meet victims' basic needs and to preserve their dignity. Helping the world's most vulnerable populations in crisis situations is a moral imperative for the international community and can make the difference between life and death.


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