The European Commission has designated almost 12 million euros within the European Solidarity Fund, as a contribution to the fight against Covid-19, the EU Info Center announced on March 11.
The funds will be directed as urgent assistance to the population, towards measures of prevention, monitoring and control of the spread of the disease, and to the procurement of medical and personal protective equipment. This money is also intended to cover the costs Serbia has suffered previously in the fight against the pandemic. The donation is coming from the European Solidarity Fund (EUSF) and is a part of a larger EUR530 million package. This aid package is planned for 17 member states and three candidate countries, including Serbia.
In this aid package, Serbia will receive exactly 11 million 968,276 euros, which is much more than some member states are getting. After the European Parliament and the European Council give their approval of the decision of the Commission, the funds will be distributed to the states.
The chief of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, stated that the EU had supported Serbia since the start of the coronavirus epidemic with donations adding up to EUR17 million. "The current donation of the EU's Solidarity Fund is one more important and tangible contribution of the European Union to the Serbian people, in the spirit of full solidarity. This strong political signal for Serbia, a membership candidate, puts it at the same level with the EU member states," Fabrizi stated.
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