Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, announced on Thursday that Brussels was looking into ways to help Serbia in its struggle against the coronavirus, adding that it wasn’t true that the EU had banned the sale of medical equipment to Serbia.
Commenting on a statement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on a ban on medical equipment exports from the EU, Fabrizi explained to the Serbian broadcasting company that it was not a ban but a mechanism of state control.
“Equipment can be sold outside the EU, it just needs to be approved by the country in which these products are being manufactured,” Fabrizi said.
He stressed that Serbia was better prepared for the virus than many countries precisely owing to the EU’s help. EU funds were used to revamp 20 clinical centres, the Torlak Institute for Virology, and to buy equipment for the infectious diseases clinic. On top of that, 122 ambulances out of the 250 that the EU had donated to Serbia were equipped with much- needed respirators.
The EU has already activated various existing instruments to assist Western Balkan countries, especially Serbia, Fabrizi said, adding that the centre for disease control in Brussels had offered Serbia its expertise in fighting the coronavirus.