Serbia's opposition asks Europe for help; Minister says aid will be available

NEWS 19.03.2020 17:42
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The opposition Alliance for Serbia (SzS) addressed the European officials on Thursday, asking for help in fighting the coronavirus and called for the European solidarity, the Beta news agency reported.

SzS wrote to Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli and the MEPs, that Serbia recorded 97 people infected with COVID-19, that a total number of tested was 486 and that the Government took a series of measures to help the citizens and prevent the epidemic from spreading.

„In such activities, we rely on aid from China, and we are grateful to its people for that, but it is not enough,“ the letter said.

„Serbia and other Western Balkans countries need tests, protective gear (masks, gloves googles), disinfection material, medical equipment – first of all, respirators, as well as the experience of doctors and others in fighting the coronavirus,“ it added.

In the meantime, Serbia’s Minister of European Integration, Jadranka Joksimovic, said her Ministry and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism were in regular contact, adding the reserves of medical equipment would be available to Serbia.

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She said the EU brought one of the most important decision since the start of the crisis, which should be in force as of Friday.

Joksimovic said the decision was to create urgent reserves in medical equipment (respirators, protective gear, vaccines and medicines) worth 50 million Euro.

Those reserves would be placed in one or more EU member states with the intent to secure a quick reaction in case of the lack of those things in a country hit by the epidemic, she added.