EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi will be in Belgrade on May 3, where he will visit the Milan Jovanovic Batut public health institute together with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, the Serbian government has announced.
After visiting Serbia, Varhelyi will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia on May 4. The EU commissioner will the next day visit Albania and Kosovo, according to an earlier press release by the European Commission.
During his visit to the region Varhelyi will discuss with local officials the response to the coronavirus pandemic and the EU support in this context, the press release further said.
Varhelyi stated that he is traveling to the Western Balkans to pass a “clear message that the EU cares about its partners.”
“I am travelling to the Western Balkans to pass a clear message: We care! We care about our partners, and we care about their health care workers and the most vulnerable. The delivery of the vaccines confirms our continuous commitment to provide support, as we have been doing since the outbreak of the pandemic. Stronger together!” Varhelyi stated.
As announced by the European Commission and Austria on 20 April, a total of 651,000 BioNTech/Pfizer doses will be delivered to the region from the beginning of May to August. These deliveries are “a clear expression of European solidarity with our Western Balkans partners, whose future clearly lies in the EU,” the European Commission said in the press release.