21 August 2014, Brussels - "We express our sincere condolences to the family of this distinguished journalist, to his friends and colleagues.
This brutal act, like the many other human rights violations which are perpetrated by the Islamic State, denies universally recognized values and rights, including the freedom of press for which Mr Foley had risked his life on several occasions. The EU will continue to promote the safety of journalists in the Middle-East and worldwide."
19 August 2014, Brussels - World Humanitarian Day is observed in memory of the victims of the attack on the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 which caused the deaths of 22 people, including the UN Special Representative in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello.
19 August 2014, Brussels - The European Union – the Commission and Member States - is the world's largest donor of humanitarian aid. EU work in this area has the overwhelming support of European citizens: nine out of ten say it's important that the EU funds humanitarian aid according to the most recent Eurobarometer survey.
The European Commission helped 124 million people in more than 90 countries in 2013 and this year it continues to assist those in the greatest need.