The Montenegrin Clinical Centre received 90,000 FFP2 protective masks, which were donated by the European Union at the request of the state of Montenegro through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The value of the donation, which was delivered from the rescEU medical reserve based in Greece, is €360,000. Earlier, a contingent of aid was delivered from Slovakia, which contained 15,000 PCR tests, 1,000 towels, and 120 blankets.
“This is yet another confirmation that the EU has not forgotten the Western Balkans. On the contrary, it proves that it is ready to contribute through various instruments in overcoming the problems related to the pandemic of the coronavirus in this area. The donation in the form of 90,000 FFP2 masks worth €360,000 will help employees of the Clinical Centre perform demanding and difficult jobs in a safer way, helping all those who receive medical care in this institution,” said the Interior Minister Sergej Sekulović on the occasion of the delivery of this donation.
The costs of procurement, storage, and transport of medical equipment within the rescEU medical reserve are fully financed by the European Commission. The EU coordinates and co-finances the transport costs of all deliveries through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
“The EU continues to help channel assistance to fight the pandemic within the EU but also in neighbouring countries who are also battling the coronavirus. I thank the Member and Participating States for their solidarity at this crucial time,” said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.
The entire content of the delivered donation will be made available to the Montenegrin Clinical Centre.
“This is another in a series of donations that arrived in Montenegro from relevant European addresses, which the Interior Ministry distributed to the Clinical Centre. We are grateful for that because it confirms that the state recognises all of the weight and complexity of the work we do at the Clinical Centre, fighting for the health of every patient,” said the Clinical Centre director Ljiljana Radulović.
Since March 2020, the EU has allocated €53 million to help Montenegro’s response to the pandemic, including the delivery of medical supplies and equipment as well as long-term investments in health infrastructures and the country’s socio-economic recovery.