1 Billion Euro Aid Package Announced for Afghanistan
October 13, 2021
The European Union (EU) has pledged a one-billion-euro aid package for Afghanistan in order to “avert a major humanitarian and socioeconomic collapse,” according to the EU’s chief, Ursula von der Leyen.
The money adds 250 million euros to a 300 million euro sum previously announced by the EU for urgent humanitarian needs, with the remainder going to Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries that are taking in Afghans fleeing Taliban rule, according to a statement.
Von der Leyen made the pledge at an online G20 summit hosted by Italy to discuss the humanitarian and security situation in Afghanistan.Her statement emphasized that the EU funds would be channeled to international organisations working on the ground, rather than the Taliban’s interim government, which Brussels does not recognize.Meanwhile, EU development aid, which is distinct from humanitarian aid, remains halted.
“We must do everything possible to prevent a major humanitarian and socioeconomic collapse in Afghanistan.” “We have to do it quickly,” von der Leyen said, noting that winter was approaching.
We have been very clear about our expectations for any engagement with Afghan authorities, including respect for human rights. So far, the reports are self-explanatory. “However, the Afghan people should not be made to pay the price for the Taliban’s actions,” she said.
The EU is concerned about a surge of Afghan asylum seekers attempting to enter the bloc, as happened in 2015 with Syrians fleeing their war.According to Brussels’ calculations, donating money to help stabilize Taliban-ruled Afghanistan and countries between it and Europe could halt any flow.
Von der Leyen has stated that EU countries, particularly those that took part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s mission, which was hastily disbanded in August as the Taliban swept to power, have a “moral duty” to assist Afghans.The one-billion-euro aid package announced today will increase spending in Afghanistan’s health sector. It will go to neighbouring countries to help with migration management and to promote cooperation in combating terrorism, crime, and migrant smuggling.