The European Union announced on Tuesday that it would provide 700 million euros more humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and neighboring countries to deal with the worsening situation in the country in the face of winter.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will explain this during the G20 meeting on the situation in Afghanistan, a country that has been in a serious humanitarian crisis since it fell into the hands of the Taliban last August. Since then, Brussels has announced several humanitarian aid packages, notably two in August and September worth € 300 million, bringing European aid to € 1,000 million.
“We have to do everything we can to avoid a major humanitarian and socio-economic collapse in Afghanistan, and we have to do it quickly,” emphasized the German conservative. Although the terms of cooperation with the Taliban remain in effect for the EU, the population “shouldn’t pay the price for Taliban shares,” he argued.
This announcement comes after the meeting the bloc’s development ministers held on Monday with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, who warned that a million children were dying of famine in Afghanistan and that European aid so far was dedicated to “is not enough” given the crisis the country is going through,
EU assistance will combine humanitarian supplies with targeted support for basic needs for the direct benefit of the Afghan people and neighboring countries. It remains to be clarified how much money will flow to neighboring countries that Brussels wants to support in overcoming the crisis and thus prevents the situation in the region from leading to instability.
Community sources indicate that virtually all of the aid package will come from the new Community budget, although the specific programs and actions under which this aid will be implemented have yet to be determined.