A RECENT Eurobarometer survey shows public support in European Union (EU) member countries for humanitarian aid and civil protection has gone up in spite of the economic crisis.
An EU statement said nine out of ten citizens (88 per cent), an increase of nine per cent since the last survey, believed it was important for the EU to continue funding humanitarian aid.
About 84 per cent support the maintaining of humanitarian aid funding in spite of the current economic crisis and pressures on public finances.
European Commissioner for International Co-operation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis response Kristalina Georgieva said she was proud of Europe's strong commitment and support despite the difficulties faced.
"Even in times of hardship, the EU public still supports us in helping people around the world who through no fault of their own find themselves in dire need," she said.
"We do not take such generosity for granted. It is our duty to do our utmost to deliver aid protection in a compassionate, professional and efficient way."
The statement said 71 per cent of respondents firmly endorsed the commission's role in co-ordinating EU humanitarian aid.