The European Union will provide a new aid of 30 million euros for the flood victims of Pakistan. This was stated by the Commission sources in a statement issued regarding the visit of the European Commissioner for Crisis Management.
On the other hand, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Jens Lenarkich met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif today at Prime Minister House Islamabad.
According to the Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif while welcoming the European Commissioner’s visit to Pakistan at the difficult time of natural disaster like floods, said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the European Union which share common values, peace, prosperity and are based on common goals of development.
The Prime Minister appreciated the help of the European Union in the context of major floods caused by climate change in Pakistan and said that more than 1600 people lost their lives due to the floods along with the destruction of crops, houses, livestock and important infrastructure.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan emphasized that despite being a negligible contributor to global carbon emissions, Pakistan is among the vulnerable countries most affected by the effects of climate change.
He hoped that the international community would step up its efforts to mitigate the negative consequences of the flood by actively participating in the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also highlighted the efforts initiated by the government, which include various humanitarian initiatives for the people of the affected areas.
He said that the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2022 is also included in this, which accepts donations from both domestic and international sources for the relief and rehabilitation of the victims.
Expressing satisfaction over the high level of engagement between the two sides, the Prime Minister hoped that the two sides would continue to work together to further enhance their mutual trade and investment relations so that even after 2023, the GSP Plus scheme would continue. can be taken advantage of.
European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Renakionka was also present in this meeting along with the European Commissioner.
On the other hand, according to the sources of the European Commission, this new funding of 30 million euros is aimed at addressing urgent needs such as shelter, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, health, protection, education and cash assistance in emergencies. The affected areas are to be particularly focused on Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Apart from this, the psychological support needs of the people after this natural calamity will also be met.
It should be noted that the European Union has already provided an initial aid of 2.35 million euros.