Question for written answer E-000249/2015
to the Commission
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: Ebola aid
Could the Commission please provide figures for the amount of money provided by the EU in 2014 to support each of the countries affected by Ebola
Answer given by Mr Stylianides
on behalf of the Commission
The EU is using all available resources to help fighting Ebola and has, together with its Member states, made available since the beginning of the epidemic more than EUR 1.2 billion for humanitarian and development aid, as well as for preparedness actions in the neighbouring countries and for medical research aiming to develop a vaccine. Moreover, numerous Member States are also supporting the fight against Ebola through in-kind assistance and the Commission has managed non-financial tools providing transport and coordination for aid through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, deploying experts and mobile laboratories to help with faster diagnosis and enabling medical evacuation for humanitarian workers who have contracted the disease.
Out of the above mentioned total pledges, an amount of about EUR 696 million has been committed as of 4 February 2015 and the EU is fully engaged in committing the remaining funding at the earliest. The breakdown per country of the present commitments includes EUR 247 million for Sierra Leone, EUR 129 million for Guinea and EUR 76 million for Liberia. An amount of EUR 244 million has been committed for regional actions including the three most affected countries and the neighbouring countries. The highest amount allocated for Sierra Leone is justified by the high number of Ebola cases in this country.