Working with the Red Cross family

The Red Cross Movement, which consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, plays an essential role in providing humanitarian assistance and advocating for humanitarian principles.

The European Union provides extensive support for the operations of ICRC and IFRC, and maintains close working relations with the Red Cross at headquarters level in Geneva and in the field. The European Union and its Member States combined, provided the largest financial contribution to ICRC in 2012.

The EU is committed to strengthening the application of International Humanitarian Law. In this regard, the European Union and its Member States repeatedly made common pledges and statements reaffirming in strong terms the continued relevance of international humanitarian law, as well as the obligation of all parties involved in armed conflicts to respect it.

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