Labour MEPs back key EU humanitarian funds to manage refugee crisis

Labour MEPs chaired a joint debate today between the European Parliament's civil liberties and development committees on EU humanitarian aid to support Greece.

MEPs put forward questions to the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, following the Commission's proposals for an emergency assistance instrument to support EU countries facing humanitarian crises.

Tens of thousands of refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq, live in camps on Greece’s northern border, with numbers growing daily, marooned by the closure of the border with Macedonia. More than half the refugees are women and children. 

Neena Gill MEP said: ' A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the EU as a result of the failure of EU governments to show solidarity and implement the necessary EU measures to address the refugee crisis.

"It was important that the Parliament discussed the Commission's €700 million proposal for Emergency Assistance to provide faster means of support to EU countries facing major humanitarian crises. These funds will offer much needed assistance to support the work of NGOs in Greece, particularly in light of the increased humanitarian challenges as a result of the closure of borders."

"Once again, Labour MEPs lead calls to ensure the EU responds to the refugee crisis in an organised and compassionate manner."