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EU: €35 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuela. “We cannot remain bystanders to this human tragedy”

(Brussels) Today, the European Commission has announced a package of €35.1 million in emergency aid and medium-term development assistance to support the Venezuelan people both in Venezuela and its neighbouring countries. Indeed, Brussels is extremely concerned by the situation in the country: the aid will go to “those who are in the country and those who fled”, said the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. Venezuela’s neighbours are showing great solidarity, and that is why the EU wants to “support their hospitality while also strengthening the local communities’ economy and resilience”. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who visited Colombia and the Venezuelan border a few months ago, saw first-hand “the consequences of the crisis and its destabilising effects”, to the point that there is a shortage of medicines and need for humanitarian assistance in Venezuela. “We cannot remain bystanders to this human tragedy”, Commissioner Stylianides said. The allocated funds will be used primarily to improve “the Venezuelan people’s access to food and nutrition, as well as basic services like water, sanitation and hygiene”, and part of the funds will go to “help Venezuelan migrants and host communities to build resilience to respond to the increasing migratory pressures”, Commissioner for Cooperation Neven Mimica explained.

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