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COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak

Brussels, 24/02/2020 - 12:00, UNIQUE ID: 200225_1
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EU News 41/2020

The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

New EU aid package

To boost global preparedness, prevention and containment of the virus the Commission announces today a new aid package worth €232 million. Part of these funds will be allocated immediately to different sectors, while the rest will be released in the next months.

“As cases continue to rise, public health is the number one priority. Whether it be boosting preparedness in Europe, in China or elsewhere, the international community must work together. Europe is here to play a leading role,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission.

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Support to Member States

Following the developments in Italy, the Commission is stepping up its support to Member States in the context of the on-going work on preparedness, contingency and response planning.

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