Kiribatia and the EU

TEAM EUROPE highlights

Yerevan, 14/07/2020 - 14:19, UNIQUE ID: 200714_20

TEAM EUROPE highlights

  • In line with the concept of Team Europe, the EU Delegation plus European, regional International Finance Institutions IFIs i.e. European Investment Bank EIB, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau KFW, Agence Française de Développement AFD and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO are closely coordinating, regularly meeting.

European, regional IFIs are mostly focused on restructuring portfolios in response to COVID-19, while making available new & flexible facilities in support of the private sector and any possible new public investments. Austrian and German development agencies, ADA and GIZ, have also joined efforts with particular focus in the regions and most affected communities.

  • The EU Delegation is continuously reviewing the projects portfolio & pipeline in discussion with partners and authorities, like in the case of Austria  EU-ADA Green Agriculture programme with 2 direct support actions: a) over Euro 450.000 were reallocated to support farmers and processors with equipment and b) a new Call for micro Proposals was very recently launched for small farmers, producers with Euro 2.400.000 as total budget. In parallel, a new LEADER local community programme will be soon mobilizing resources for the three northern regions through ADA, UNDP, FAO and ICMPD.

Similarly, with Germany EU-GIZ Tourism and Innovation, a first Call for small grants Proposals on tourism was recently announced for a total budget of Euro 300.000; more calls for proposals are planned later in the year. Besides, efforts are taking place with many other implementing partners, notably UNICEF-UNDP-UNFPA under a EU4Citizens ongoing programme for a possible restructured response package of around Euro 600.000 in support of most vulnerable citizens, families, workers.

  • Lithuania-Sweden, Italy, France. Several Team Europe initiatives are jointly carried out by the EU and its Member States for the mobilization of Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) & supplies with EU Civil Protection Mechanism support available, in order to help those most in need of medical care and strengthen the resilience of the Armenian health system. Germany is also preparing a new EMT deployment for 13 July.
  • On May 14th, Lithuania had delivered medical supplies to Armenia in the form of medical face shields. On June 3rd, Bulgaria handed over humanitarian aid to Armenia, consisting of sets of protective consumables for front-line medical personnel in health institutions, including medical gowns, goggles and helmets. On June 19th, Poland also delivered medical supplies including medical masks, face shields and sanitizers. On June 19th, Lithuania together with the EMT deployment again delivered medical supplies, including personal protective equipment, intensive care medical equipment and PCR tests. On July 9th, the Netherlands approved financial support for the purchase of medical equipment. The Slovak Republic has offered additional medical supplies assistance.
  • Visegrad countries (CZ, SK, PL, HU) have donated Euro 250.000 to Eastern Partnership countries within V4EastSolidarity facility. Assistance main focus will be on Spitak with new medical equipment, distance learning tools for children and protective supplies for kindergartens.
  • France has announced its readiness to set up a Euro 50-80 million loan to assist Armenia in reforming its health and social security system.
  • Germany will be allocating Euro 2.75 million for a project addressing COVID-19 in Armenia through research cooperation in order to establish medium to long-term systemic, integrated risk management.
  • In partnership with Armenian CSOs, Austria/ADA and Estonia have also joined forces with EUDel and topped-up the humanitarian EU Rapid Response Mechanism RRM initiative in Lori region on health & children support. Germany has also delivered support through 5 Armenian NGOs to buy and/or sew face masks & personal protective equipment and distribute care packages with information materials & food supplies to the elderly and other vulnerable groups. Lithuania is also supporting an initiative countering disinformation on COVID-19.
  • The new Twinning on Civilian Protection with Sweden & Lithuania becomes even more timely and relevant in this context. Implementation to start as soon as experts can be deployed in Yerevan. A ceremonial signing took place with the Ministry of Emergency Situations on July 3. 
  • Sweden recently decided upon financial support to several Armenian CSO’s, within areas such as media freedom, anti-corruption and human rights. In a project benefitting vulnerable target groups, there is a focus on countering the increase of the COVID-19 virus.
  • The Netherlands continue assessments of new proposals by civil societies for project grants. FMO Nasira guarantee product (co-financed by the European Commission) was recently expanded, also covering COVID-19 affected micro, SMEs.
  • The European Investment Bank (EIB) has made various measures available to Armenia, among which: (i) an exceptional emergency response sovereign credit facility to cover up to 100% of eligible public healthcare Covid19 related expenditures, (ii) an accelerated disbursement of funds, including repurposing of the projects in the current portfolio, (iii) potential enhancements of the existing support to Armenian SMEs (in cooperation with EU Delegation and the European Commission). In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, EIB also accelerated the disbursement of funds to the Central Bank of Armenia under the existing operation supporting Armenian SMEs (Private Sector Facility).


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