A suspension of the implementation of the humanitarian Action is a temporary stopping of the activities of the Action, due to circumstances which make it impossible or excessively difficult to continue.

The suspension may be claimed either

  • by the partner or
  • by ECHO.

Suspension by the partner

The partner may suspend the implementation of the Action if changes in circumstances in the field are likely to make it impossible or excessively difficult to continue the implementation of the Action, notably in the event of force majeure, serious threat to the safety of humanitarian workers, and in cases of incompatibility between the further implementation of the Action and compliance with humanitarian principles or conflict of interests.

The partner shall inform the Commission immediately justifying the suspension, the measures adopted and the expected date of resumption. The partner shall also inform the Commission of the details of the expenses expected to be incurred during the suspension period.

Examples of suspension

Examples of circumstances which make it impossible or excessively difficult to continue the activities:

  • “Force majeure”, i.e. circumstances which occur regardless of any human will or intervention, e.g. natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, etc.;
  • “Fait du Prince”, i.e. decisions taken by national, regional or local authorities which affect the implementation of the Actions (e.g. prohibition to import humanitarian goods, refusal of access to the region affected by the crisis, etc.);
  • Actions taken by third parties for whom the partner has no responsibility: e.g. riots, attacks against refugee camps, etc.;
  • Serious threats to the safety of the humanitarian workers (e.g. security concerns) and of the beneficiaries (do no harm);
  • Incompatibility between the continuation of the humanitarian Action and respect of the humanitarian principles.

References & useful links

  • General Conditions, Article 14.1; 16.6 ICRC; IFRC;