To assist the thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers in Serbia, the European Commission on October 8 pledged an additional €4m in humanitarian aid.

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides was in Serbia – his fourth visit to the country – to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground and discuss the EU’s humanitarian support for refugees with government officials.

“Serbia has been a reliable partner to the European Union, and our partnership has allowed an effective response to the refugee crisis,” said Stylianides. “The EU has been a leading provider of humanitarian aid to the hosting of refugees in Serbia since 2015. We have helped improve conditions in many reception centres, contributed to food provision in camps, provided education in emergencies to children and helped providing health services. The additional projects announced today will address the needs of the most vulnerable population especially during the upcoming winter season.”

According to a European Commission press release, the new projects finance food distribution in reception centres, the protection of the most vulnerable affected populations during the upcoming winter and education-related activities.

The EU is the largest contributor of emergency aid to Serbia. The Commission’s humanitarian aid, which now stands at €25m, has enabled the provision of emergency assistance (food, water, hygiene, essential items, health and protection) at transit and reception points, including borders and waiting areas.