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Today the European Commission announced an additional €50 million in humanitarian aid to help respond to the dramatic increase in humanitarian needs caused by the Coronavirus pandemic globally. The new funding follows increased appeals by humanitarian organisations, including the UN Global Appeal.

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“The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every country and region of the world and every aspect of our lives. The pandemic and its socio-economic consequences are having a disproportionate impact on the rights of persons with disabilities such as in terms of equal access to health care, support services, and education.

The EU is providing an additional €105.5 million to countries in the Horn of Africa as the coronavirus pandemic risks worsening the humanitarian situation across the region where many continue to suffer from armed conflict, displacement, and recurrent droughts and floods. Furthermore, a large-scale infestation of locusts threatens food security and livelihoods of many vulnerable people in the region.

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The coronavirus pandemic impacts every country and region of the world and every aspect of our lives. It has reminded us how interconnected we are. Nobody will be safe in any country as long as the pandemic rages in different parts of the world. Respect for all human rights must remain at the heart of fighting the pandemic and supporting the global recovery.

Following last week's delivery to Italy, more batches of FFP2 protective masks are being distributed this weekend to Spain, Italy and Croatia from rescEU - the first ever common European reserve of medical equipment set up last month to help countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Building on our strategic partnership, shared values and commitment to multilateralism, Canada and the European Union (EU) are working intensively together to address the significant consular, public health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

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The EU is making available almost all the remaining money from this year's budget to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 will reshape our world. We don’t yet know when the crisis will end. But we can be sure that by the time it does, our world will look very different. How different will depend on the choices we make today.

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a conference call with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić on Friday. The High Representative informed President Vučić about the latest developments in the European Union regarding the coronavirus and stressed that in these difficult times, good cooperation and solidarity is needed.

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Relations between the European Union and Armenia are based on the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership
Agreement (CEPA), a modern, ambitious Agreement, which was signed on 24 November 2017 in the margins of the Eastern Partnership
Summit in Brussels and entered into provisional application on 1 June 2018. This Agreement provides a framework for Armenia and the
EU to work together for the benefit of the citizens of Armenia in the areas of strengthening democracy and human rights, creating
more jobs and business opportunities, fairer rules, more safety and security, cleaner environment as well as better education and
opportunities for research.

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