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Created: 2020.04.10 / Updated: 2020.04.10 13:17

EU global response to coronavirus: supporting our partner countries

In the face of the global pandemic, EU countries are staying true to commitments to support partner countries. Reacting to coronavirus global outbreak, the EU is mobilising more than €15.6 billion from existing external action resources to tackle urgent, short term needs, strengthen research and health systems and mitigate the economic and social impact in the partner countries.

The EU’s response follows a Team Europe approach. It draws contributions from all EU institutions and combines the resources mobilised by EU Member States and their financial institutions and implementing agencies. Working together, Team Europe can muster a critical mass that few others can match. This approach expresses the core value of EU - solidarity and ensures our efforts are coordinated and effective in tackling these urgent needs.

For EU Eastern Partnership countries, the support to tackle the coronavirus crisis totals €962 million. This amount includes funds for immediate needs, for example, the supply of medical devices and personal equipment, support for civil society organisations and support for SMEs. Also, the existing programmes on the ground are being redirected to meet the needs of the partner countries. 

For more detailed information about measures in partner countries, please refer to the Communication on the Global EU response to COVID-19 European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy or check the factsheets (global response and support for EU Eastern Partnership countries), presenting how the EU is working with partners to tackle the coronavirus pandemic around the world.