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VOICE Statement on the 2013 EU budget for humanitarian aid
The EU is currently discussing its budget for 2013. During the summer the Member States decided to cut the budget for external action by almost 10%, making it the only budget heading that will receive less funding than in 2012.
Moreover, the Member States propose to eliminate payments to the Emergency Aid Reserve in 2013. Despite being called a 'Reserve', in practice the Reserve has been consistently used over the last few years by the Commission to address humanitarian needs in major unforeseen disasters such as Haiti and Pakistan in 2010, Libya in 2011 and most recently Syria. As these crises are impossible to predict, the flexibility provided by the Reserve is crucial.
Please find here the VOICE Statement on the 2013 EU budget for humanitarian aid.
1. Member States should reconsider the proposal to cut the EU external action budget heading
2. If cuts are needed, they should be more proportionate across headings
3. Member States must maintain payments for the Emergency Aid Reserve, as it is not a question of whether it will be needed, but when