Slovenia helps Serbia in fighting coronavirus pandemic

Source: BETAPHOTO/EU info centar/Ivica Veselinov

The European Union's latest donation of 100,000 three-layer surgical masks, 19,000 FFP2 masks, 2,000 hand disinfection liquid, 3,000 kilograms of other disinfectants arrived in Belgrade from Slovenia through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU Infor Center in Belgrade said on Thursday.

„We support Serbia from the very beginning of the pandemic through different mechanisms like transport capacities and protective gear, over three million high-quality masks, ventilators and ambulances,“ Mateja Norcic Stamcar, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia.

She said that the EU has so far donated to Serbia a total of almost 55 million Euro to fight COVID-19, secured medical staff and financed health experts who vaccinated 1.4 million people in the country.

Norcic Stamcar added the latest donation was yet another example that the EU stood by Serbia amid the pandemic and recalled previous contributions from France, Germany and Slovakia.

Damjan Bergant, the Slovenian ambassador to Serbia, said he was glad that his country showed solidarity through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The EU’s value to Serbia during the pandemic has so far been 6.8 million Euro, and the country has been the greatest beneficiary from the RescEU, one of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism tool.

Srbija became a member of the Mechanism in 2015 but benefited from it a year earlier during the devastating floods, the Mechanism’s largest operation ever.