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European Commission

EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS AN UN AGENCY | 2021 - 2027

EMERGENCY AND AD HOC DECISIONS

The legal base for the Emergency financing Decisions is the Article 13 of the Humanitarian Aid Regulation.

The Emergency financing decisions cover both new crises and existing humanitarian crises where humanitarian aid is already under way, but where continuing uncertainty and instability (a 'crisis within a crisis') require an appropriate, rapid and flexible response (e.g. where there are sudden deteriorating weather conditions within a natural disaster situation).

Experience shows that most Emergency financing decisions are adopted to react to sudden natural disasters and a few of them are related to conflicts (e.g. sudden flows of refugees).

The duration of individual Actions financed under this type of Decision

  • shall be limited to six months and
  • can not be extended.

When a crisis arises, partners are invited to pro-actively contact ECHO to share their analysis of the situation and capacities to respond. ECHO may also contact those that are present in the country or in the region affected with a view to prepare ECHO response.

Once they are issued, the Emergency decisions are published on 
ECHO website

 

The Ad-hoc financing decisions are decisions adopted in very specific cases.

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