Mar 25, 2020

Coronavirus: EU donates nearly 70 million Euros to Kosovo

Below is an article by KOHA (orginally in Albanian) 


The EU is helping Kosovo with close to 70m euros to deal with the consequences of coronavirus

The European Union will help Kosovo cope with the battle against coronavirus and the socio-economic consequences of this crisis by mobilizing a sum of close to 70m euros.

For this, the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi has sent to the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti.

In this letter, he announces the measures that the EU is taking and the possibility of including the countries of the Western Balkans in these measures, KOHA reports.

"We are looking intensively at how to associate Kosovo and other partners in the EU-initiated initiatives in response to coronavirus pandemics, as well as how to help them better reduce the social consequences. -economic. As for the citizens of the region that have remained in the EU, the European Commission is discussing with member states about the citizens of third countries who have found themselves with an excessive stay in Schengen countries as a result of travel restrictions ", he wrote. .

He announced that the European Commission with immediate assistance supports the health system in Kosovo up to 5 million euros.

Another 50m euros will be mobilized from the 2019 and 2020 programs to help Kosovo cope with its socio-economic consequences. Another 13m euros will be allocated for Kosovo's budget to help liquidity.

For the entire Western Balkans, the EU will mobilize 38m euros in immediate aid to the health system and 373.5m euros to mitigate the socio-economic consequences.

The EU Commissioner has said that other international institutions will be mobilized to help recover from the crisis and in the case of Kosovo, work is being done closely with the office in Pristina. He concluded the letter with the message that "by working together, we will emerge from this crisis together even stronger."

The EU is allocating 38m euros in aid to the Western Balkans

EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi has confirmed that the European Union has allocated 38m euros to the Western Balkans.

While it is foreseen to allocate another 373 million euros for socio-economic recovery, KOHA reports.

"I have written to the prime ministers of our partners in the Western Balkans to confirm that we stand by the region in the fight against coronavirus. We are allocating 38 million euros for immediate support of the health sector and it is foreseen to allocate over 373 million euros for socio-economic recovery ", wrote Varhelyi on Twitter.


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