The European Union is considering two ways to help Bosnia and Herzegovina deal with the consequences of coronavirus epidemic in the country.
Possible measures include quick support with provision of up to EUR seven million worth of medical equipment, and mid-term adjustment and enforcement of the EU support in the amount of up to EUR 50 million for the economic development programs.
“The European Union has stood beside Bosnia and Herzegovina in difficult times before, as it did with the floods recovery assistance in 2014”, said Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Johann Sattler.
“For the urgent action, we are in contact with the UNDP/WHO on the list of priority medical equipment that could be procured rapidly. We are also preparing for releasing resources of up to EUR five million for the same purpose to be available at a later stage, once Bosnia and Herzegovina countersigns the IPA 2020 Financing Agreement”, explained Sattler.
Statement published on the official website of the EU Office in BiH reads that in cooperation with partners, the EU is also “working to adjust the ongoing and planned economic development programs/ projects (such as the programs targeting businesses, agriculture, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises) to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 for the country’s economy”.