Following requests for assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the EU is coordinating and co-financing the delivery of aid shipments in the EU and in neighbouring countries. Austria is sending gloves, disinfectant and other items to Montenengro.
“It is great news that Montenegro is able to use the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, as if it were an EU Member State. We are grateful to Austria for sending these valuable medical supplies to Montenegro, while the EU is coordinating and co-financing the delivery of the aid shipment. This is yet another display of EU solidarity in these difficult times”, said Aivo Orav, EU Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation to Montenegro.
This is part of overall EU support to the country and the whole Western Balkans region, which includes assistance also for social and economic recovery.
“This virus knows no borders and working together is the only way we can stop it. I am grateful to Austria for its gestures of European solidarity. Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre continues working 24/7 to support EU Member States and our closest friends.” Commented Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management
Montenegro will receive 1000 bedding sets (single use), 1000 packages examination gloves (circa 100.000 pieces), 300 canister hand disinfectant (each canister contains 5 litres), 1800 towels.
More information on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is available here.