EU to unveil emergency aid plan to deal with migrant crisis
March 2, Berlin: The European Union is to spend hundreds of millions of euros on humanitarian aid for any EU state deal with migrant crisis.
Under the plans, which is going to submit on Wednesday, EU funds could be deployed within Europe in the same way they are used to help crises outside the bloc, reports said.
The plan to be submitted by the EU's executive body, the European Commission, means EU aid agencies would for the first time work directly with the UN and other groups inside Europe, rather than dispersing money to individual member states, BBC reported.
According to EU officials, the aid plan would allocate 300m euros (£233m; $325m) this year to help any EU state deal with the migration crisis. In all, 700m euros would be made available over three years.
The UN has warned of a humanitarian disaster caused by a build-up of migrants on Greece's borders.
Thousands of asylum seekers remain trapped on the border with Macedonia.
The Oslo Times