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News / Team Europe: fighting the pandemic and infodemic in the Western Balkans, including Serbia
The European Union has continued to support the Western Balkans partners to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide accurate information about the spread of the virus. In mobilising a substantial recovery package and involving the region in EU programmes, the EU confirmed its commitment to assist the Western Balkans partners in these times of crisis.
As High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said: “This is a time for solidarity, and it is a priority for the EU to support the Western Balkans, as part of our European family, in facing the impact of the pandemic.”
In Serbia, the EU financed the hiring of 200 qualified medical doctors, medical technicians and administrative staff in July who will support hospitals, clinics and laboratories across Serbia. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the EU has provided rapid support to the country, including the financing of 15 cargo flights carrying over 720 tons of equipment such as protective medical face masks, respirators and containers.
The EU is also focusing support on the most vulnerable groups, including through the allocation of €100,000 in hygiene and essential foods packages for Roma settlements in Belgrade, Nis, Subotica and Valjevo. The EU has also engaged in the initiative “They are heroes” to raise the profile of people who stood out by helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information: EU Delegation to Serbia