“The Commission completes the quasi-aid from the EU Solidarity Fund to fight the coronavirus health emergency to 19 countries, in a total amount of euros, which adds to the 132.7 million euros paid in 2020 to Member States that request an advance payment”, announced today the executive executive in a press release.
In a table with specific amounts by countries published by the European Commission, it is indicated that Portugal was entitled to an amount of 55.6 million euros under the EU Solidarity Fund, after a “total eligible public expenditure” of 2.3 billion euros.
In all, according to the European Commission, 17 EU Member States and three candidate countries can access these EU funds to request a response to the pandemic, including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, Estonia, France. , Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Serbia.
“No Covid-19 health emergency context, EU Health Fund financial support for medical assistance, purchase of personal equipment and medical devices, health care protection, the vaccine laboratory, medical support The Prevention Commission , Control and Control of Public Health, thus protecting public health”, specifies the Population Emergency Commission.
The Portuguese European Commissioner, with the Cohesion and Reforms portfolio, Elisa Ferreira, pointed out that this fund is “a clear symbol” of European society, as it has allowed the mobilization of “aid to face an unprecedented health emergency, both for the Member States of the EU and the accession countries”.
As part of the exceptional EU response to the pandemic, the scope of the EU was expanded in March 2020 to also cover health as major health emergencies.
On March 21, the European Commission in May 20, a global support package to support the financing of 30 million euros from countries 17 Member States and three from accession countries, which had the accession of the European Council and the Fund from 17 countries. past.
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