The EU Comprehensive Approach: what does ‘In but Out’ really mean?
In 2013, the VOICE General Assembly adopted recommendations on ‘Humanitarian Aid and the EU Comprehensive Approach’ through its Policy Resolution. Later that year, the European Commission and the External Action Service (EEAS) adopted their Communication on the ‘EU Comprehensive Approach to External Conflicts and Crises’. Humanitarian NGOs have been engaged in this discussion for a number of years. Describing this Communication, ECHO has presented Humanitarian Aid as being ‘In but Out’ of the Comprehensive Approach. Member States requested an Action Plan to make this Communication concrete, which has recently been published. However, in the meantime the Commission and EEAS have proceeded with joint strategies for a number of regions which also effectively implement the Communication.
Through this VOICE event, with May 2015 marking the six month milestone of new political leadership in the European Commission and Parliament and the 18 month milestone of the Comprehensive Approach Communication, VOICE would like to see how to ensure that the Comprehensive Approach which has been pursued under the new institutional framework can really support the ‘In but Out’ approach ECHO has chosen in relation to humanitarian assistance.
– Joelle Jenny, Director, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, EEAS (tbc)
– Max Lamesch, COHAFA Delegate, Luxembourg MFA
– Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director, Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations, DG ECHO
– Sara Tesorieri, EU humanitarian and conflict policy advisor, Oxfam
Chaired by Cristina Churruca, NOHA Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Spain