Latvia plans to provide relief to EU member states hardest hit by Covid-19 pandemic

  • 2020-04-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia plans to provide relief to its NATO allies and European Union (EU) member states that have been the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The government today authorized the Center for Defense Military Sites and Procurement to make centralized purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfection products for the most affected EU member states. 

The government plans to spend up to EUR 100,000 on these purchases. The Center for Defense Military Sites and Procurement will also ensure the storage and writing off of these goods after they are delivered to the recipient countries. 

The countries that have been suffering the most from the pandemic are Italy and Spain, while highest number of reported cases per 100,000 people is found in San Marino. These countries, using the NATO's Disaster Response Coordination Center's information exchange system and also official letters, have asked allies and EU member states to help them with with medical equipment and other supplies.

The Foreign Ministry sees it as Latvia's obligation to show solidarity and respond to this request for assistance, providing some relief to the countries that have been suffering the most from the Covid-19 crisis. The ministry has proposed sending these countries Latvian-made protective equipment and disinfection products. Deliveries of these products would not affect Latvian medical institutions' supplies of products needed to curb Covid-19.