BELGRADE – EU allows Serbia to repurpose €94 million to fight COVID-19

The EU has decided to approve the repurposing of €94 million originally allocated to different projects under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), which can now be used to prevent and curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the Serbian government reported on Wednesday (25 March).

The Serbian minister in charge of the country’s EU accession, Jadranka Joksimovic, wrote to EU Enlargement Commissioner, Oliver Varhelyi, on 16 March to ask that the unused IPA funds be repurposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In his reply on Wednesday, Varhelyi briefed Joksimovic on the activities that had been undertaken by the European Commission and the EU Delegation to Serbia to support the Serbian government’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus, according to a government release.

Vajelyi wrote that he had instructed his service to release around €94 million assigned to ongoing projects that Serbia hadn’t yet spent.

The Commissioner also said in his letter that there was the prospect of additional assistance, as €57.6 million intended for the projects that hadn’t been launched could be used to support Serbia’s healthcare system and help the country overcome the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. (EURACTIV.rs).

 

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