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EU mobilises international donors to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants and countries in the region

Today, the European Union and the Spanish Government convened the International Donors’ Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants and countries in the region, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). International donors pledged a total of €2.544 billion (of which €595 […]

Coordination of sero-epidemiological studies across EU/EEA countries

EUROPEAN COMMISSIONDIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY Public health, country knowledge, crisis managementCrisis management and preparedness in healthLuxembourg, 22 April 2020 Health Security CommitteeAudio meeting on the outbreak of COVID-19Summary Report The HSC discussed ECDC proposal to establish a virtual coordination mechanism for national, regional and local sero-epidemiological studies in EU/EEA. The aims are to […]

Coronavirus: EU Commission proposes €3 billion macro-financial assistance package to support ten neighbouring countries

The Commission has adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them to limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal comes on top of the ‘Team Europe’ strategy, the EU’s robust and targeted response to support partner countries’ efforts in tackling […]

Coronavirus: EU mobilises help for Italy, Croatia and neighbouring countries

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. Slovakia is sending masks and disinfectant to Italy, while Austria is sending gloves and disinfectant to Croatia. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner […]

COVID-19 and food security in vulnerable countries

14 April 2020 As the COVID-19 virus continues its gallop across the world, we are forced to constantly reassess our expectations of both the human and economic costs that it will bring. Indeed, the world is now reaching a point where unilateral decisions by food exporters and falling national revenues could have devastating effects for […]

Countries launch investment policies to counter COVID-19

New UNCTAD monitor documents countries’ latest investment policy responses to the economic fallout from the pandemic and reports on pre-crisis developments. UNCTAD’s latest Investment Policy Monitor (IPM) shows that investment policy responses to the coronavirus pandemic vary from country to country. They include measures supporting investors and domestic economies in general and policies to protect […]

Coronavirus: EU Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

The Commission has today decided to approve requests from Member States and the UK to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices, and protective equipment, from third countries in order to help in the fight against coronavirus. This will make it easier financially to get the medical equipment that doctors, […]