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The EU will continue to support the Western Balkans in the fight against the pandemic

They sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Radulovic

High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borelj (Borrell) and European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Oliver Varhelji (Varhelyi) were sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Djordje Radulovic in which it stated that the EU is committed to continuing intensive support for the Western Balkans in response to COVID-19, the Foreign Ministry said.

The letter, which Borelj and Varhelji also sent on behalf of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, came in response to a Montenegrin foreign minister’s address to top EU officials, stressing the importance of working together to tackle the pandemic.

  • The letter states that the EU has a special responsibility to help partners from the Western Balkans and that the establishment of an EU mechanism would ensure joint access to a part of 2.3 billion doses of vaccines provided by the EU, within Team Europe, which could primarily benefit health workers – it is stated in the announcement of the ministry.

EU officials stressed that in this crisis, co-operation and solidarity are more important than ever, recalling that the EU has already provided significant support to help the region cope with the pandemic.

  • When it comes to Montenegro, the EU has already provided 3 million euros worth of medical equipment, 9.5 million euros for investments in health, 40.5 million euros to meet short-term and medium-term socio-economic needs and 60 million euros in loans from the program macroeconomic financial assistance – the statement said.

In addition, it is added that the economic and investment plan launched for the Western Balkans involves a significant investment package worth up to 9 billion euros, which aims to launch investments worth up to 20 billion euros to support a modern and green economy and a tailored social recovery. citizens.

  • Rest assured that the European Commission is committed to continuing to provide strong support in tackling this crisis. Rapid vaccination in the Western Balkans will be crucial in ending the pandemic and launching a socio-economic recovery, according to a letter from High Representative Borel and Commissioner Varhelji.

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