EU to monitor 3.3 bln in aid to Western Balkans

Announced in video conference, to be used for COVID-19 response

07 May, 18:05

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MAY 7 - EU financial rules have the safeguards necessary to ensure that the 3.3 billion euros allocated for the six Western Balkans are spent correctly, a spokesman for the European Commission said after a video conference between the EU and the Western Balkans aspiring to enter the EU. The spokesperson said that the funds announced on Wednesday in the statement for the Zagreb summit will be used for healthcare expenditure linked to COVID-19 and to help the countries' economies. In the statement published at the end of the summit, the EU reaffirmed its unequivocal support for a future in the EU of the Western Balkans and said it was prepared to reinvigorate political dialogue, including through regular high-level meetings and to bring in a 3.3 billion-euro package to help its partners deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The cooperation, it noted, goes well beyond that provided by any other partner to the region. Once the pandemic is over later in the year, the statement noted, the European Commission will present an economic support program for energy infrastructure as well as investment in digitalisation and the Green Deal, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said after the video conference. Von der Leyen added that the EU enlargement policy for the region was one of the most important for the EU but noted that rule of law is a necessary condition for entering the EU.


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