EU Supports ASEAN in Fight Against Coronavirus

The European Union has mobilised a “Team Europe’ package of over €800 million (approximately US$916 million) for the ASEAN region to support partner countries in the fight against the coronavirus and its consequences.

The funds will support actions at country and regional level to address the immediate health crisis, strengthen health, water and sanitation systems, as well as mitigate the socio-economic impact, according to a press release issued on July 21.

The package includes regional support to the WHO, as well as to enhance collaboration between scientific organisations.

In ASEAN Member States, programmes target civil society support, budget support for economic recovery, health care facilities and testing capacities, as well as humanitarian assistance.

For Cambodia, the fund will support health, water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition; livelihoods and economic activities in rural area; social protection, education, and vulnerable groups, and support for economic recovery.

“We are facing an unprecedented health crisis with severe consequences in the EU and ASEAN. In the spirit of our strong cooperation, building on four decades of region-to-region partnership, we have mobilised a “Team Europe” package of over €800 million to assist ASEAN and its Member States to alleviate the economic and social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic,” EU Ambassador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans said in the press release.

The EU is working with ASEAN on a regional level to exchange experiences in regional responses to the crisis. The first virtual EU-ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting held on Mar. 20, 2020 agreed that both regions would work together to deal with the Coronavirus crisis and its consequences.

 

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press