The European Union is of particular interest to the NRC as a global humanitarian actor. Together with its Member States, the European Commission contributes to more than half of all humanitarian and development assistance in the world. In 2013, the European Commission provided relief assistance in a total amount of €1.35 billion.
As an operational funding partner, the EU, in particular the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), and Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO/EuropeAid) are thus of great importance to the NRC, as they together provide around 20% of NRC funding. In 2014, NRC signed 23 ECHO projects for a total amount of EUR 39,989,000 and four EuropeAid projects for a total amount of EUR 4,200,000.
Edouard Rodier | Director
+32 (0) 2880 02 40
Belinda Eguis del Toro | Senior EU Partnership Adviser
Berenice Van Den Driessche | Senior EU Advocacy and Policy Advisor
+32 (0) 2 880 0247
Elisa Gallego | Institutional Partnership Officer
+32 (0) 2 880 0249
Hajar El Rhouati | Finance & Administration Manager
+32 2 880 0243
Katleen Maes | Senior EU Advocacy and Policy Advisor
+32 (0) 2 880 0606
Valeria Boatti | Senior EU Partnership Adviser
The NRC Europe team has grown from three people to the current number of ten. Besides the Director there are three EU Partnerships Advisers, one Finance and Administration Manager, two Advocacy Advisers, two Interns and one HR Coordinator.
In order to develop close working relationships with the EU, both at the level of policy issues and of specific humanitarian operations, the NRC Europe plays an important role. NRC Europe Partnership Advisers assist 25 NRC Country Offices to implement ECHO, EuropeAid and EU Member States* funded projects, to maintain quality and to ensure that the projects are in line with donor's rules. EU Partnership Advisers also regularly travel to NRC field offices to provide training on donors' rules and compliance. Since the NRC Europe office is based in Brussels, it allows a direct contact with the European institutions to effectively work together to provide protection and support to refugees and internally displaced person (IDPs) worldwide.
NRC Europe has been playing an increasingly significant role in advocacy as well, aiming to raise institutional and public awareness of refugee and IDP issues in the EU. The advocacy team has been focusing on protection at sea, the Syrian crisis, Palestine, education in emergency and protracted crisis. NRC Europe has organized several events in Brussels to bring these issues to the attention of key decision makers. In 2015, NRC Europe played an active role in influencing the EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq; NRC Europe prepared recommendations for the strategy together with 24 International and European NGOs. The EU advocacy team also travels regularly to the UK, Germany and France to influence key decision-makers in EU foreign policy.
The NRC Europe team holds regular meetings with representatives from the European Commission (ECHO, DEVCO, NEAR), the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and the EU Member States, in order to advocate for protection and support to refugees and IDPs.
NRC Europe is registered in the Transparency Register and its number is 750447615329-96.
* Except DFID, SDC, SIDA, NORAD and NMFA
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