The European Commission will allocate more than € 183 million to Georgia as part of its global response to the coronavirus epidemic.
This support is part of the European Commission’s “emergency aid package” for the Eastern Partnership (Eastern Partnership) countries – Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
On April 8, the European Union Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, said that “Regional and bilateral funds are redirected within the framework of Team Europe for a total amount of 962 million euros ”, intended to meet immediate needs and mitigate the socio-economic impact.
To support our partner countries in the East in the fight against #coronavirus, regional and bilateral funds are redirected within the framework of #TeamEurope response, amounting to 962 million euros, for immediate needs and the mitigation of the socio-economic impact. https://t.co/MGeXqxHvIp pic.twitter.com/QNC4iEul3o
– Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) April 8, 2020
During a video conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, Várhelyi confirmed that the EU “continues [to] support our partners in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, as part of our global response to the pandemic. ”
Meanwhile, during a videoconference on April 8, the Visegrád group (or V4, a group of four central European countries – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) confirmed its vision of the Eastern Partnership “as a policy strong and ambitious and declaring their readiness to actively support it. ”
They also agreed to launch an extraordinary V4 East solidarity program to help the countries of the Eastern Partnership, by providing up to 250,000 euros from the Visegrad International Fund.
This will be devoted to “practical strengthening of the health, social and economic resilience of vulnerable groups of citizens” in the countries of the Eastern Partnership affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemics.
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