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Articolo20 giugno 2022Direzione generale per la Protezione civile e le operazioni di aiuto umanitario europee (ECHO)

Commissioner Lenarčič in Ethiopia to support the humanitarian response

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Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič is visiting Ethiopia on 20 and 21 June to see first-hand the humanitarian situation in the north of the country and the repercussions of the severe drought affecting the Horn of Africa.

He will meet with Ethiopian authorities and visit the country's Tigray and Somali regions to meet and discuss with humanitarian partners operating on the ground and beneficiaries.

Upon arrival today in Ethiopia, Commissioner Lenarčič stressed: “The EU remains committed to helping tackle the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ethiopia, where people in need are facing multiple overlapping challenges. I will visit the Somali region, which has been severely affected by the drought, before travelling to the Tigray region. The EU continues to advocate for full and unhindered access to the region. Without full access, not only to Tigray but also to other hard-to-reach areas, the humanitarian community is not able to provide assistance and protection to people in need. The EU remains committed to providing humanitarian aid to Ethiopia's most vulnerable.” 

In 2022, the EU mobilised over €58 million for humanitarian projects across Ethiopia.