Ebola Coordinator presents his report on state of play and next steps

EU Ebola Coordinator, Commissioner Stylianides, submitted yesterday his first report to the European Council which appointed him to this position in October to ensure a better, faster and more coordinated response to the Ebola epidemic.

Commissioner Stylianides’ report gives an overview of the situation in the affected countries as well as the identified gaps and needs identified. It also outlines the next steps in the fight against Ebola – ensuring better regional cooperation and a flexible response adapted to the needs on the ground, building strong bridges between humanitarian and development aid, and, above all, mobilising more medical teams.


The European Union has been responding to the Ebola emergency in West Africa from the start, as the Ebola coordinators’ report underlines, and has made solid progress. Together with its Member states, the EU has so far provided over €1.2 billion in financial aid as well as experts on the ground, emergency supplies and evacuation means and has massively invested in research to find a vaccine and means of treating Ebola.

West Africa is currently facing the largest recorded outbreak in terms of cases, deaths and geographical coverage. The epidemic is taking a devastating toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with more than 18 500 cases including over 6 900 reported deaths as of today.