European Parliament frees up over EUR 3 billion to support EU health care sector

  • 2020-04-17
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The European Parliament approved 3.08 billion euros in aid to EU health care sector on Friday.

The package is to ensure more tests and help for doctors and nurses to care for the sick, spokespeople for the European Parliament said.

The initiative should allow the EU to buy urgent medical supplies, such as masks and respiratory equipment, transport medical equipment and patients in cross-border regions, finance the recruitment of additional healthcare professionals to be deployed to hotspots across the European Union, as well as helping member states to construct mobile field hospitals.

A total of 3.08 billion euros from the EU budget will be channeled mainly through the Emergency Support Instrument, 2.7 billion euros, and through rescEU, 380 million euros.

The package includes additional funds to finance repatriation flights, in the amount of 45 million euros, under EU Civil Protection Mechanism to reunite families stranded in third countries, to provide more resources for the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in the total amount of 3.6 million euros, but also to help Greece deal with increased migratory pressures, in the amount of 350 million euros, and to support Albania's post-earthquake reconstruction, in the amount of 100 million euros.

According to the spokespeople for the European Parliament, Budget Committee MEPs already in March called for available financial means remaining in the 2020 budget to be mobilized.