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Dolores Utrilla
31st March 2020
Covid-19 External Relations & Trade Institutional law

Amendment of EU Solidarity Fund in response to COVID-19 outbreak enters into force

Today, official publication has been made of Regulation 2020/461 amending Council Regulation 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States and to countries negotiating their accession to the EU that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency.

Regulation 2020/461 amends the rules governing the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) in line with the Commission’s proposal, extending the scope of the EUSF so that it can be used to provide financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating accession to the EU and that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency. Specifically, the EUSF allows emergency services that are necessary to be mobilised to meet people’s immediate needs and to contribute to the short-term restoration of damaged key infrastructure in order for economic activity to resume in the disaster-stricken regions in case of major disasters due to biological hazards.

The existing provisions for making advance payments are strengthened by increasing their amounts, in order to facilitate the Commission in taking rapid decisions to commit specific financial resources and to mobilise them as quickly as possible.

Mobilisation of the EUSF remains dependent upon the request of an eligible State. EU assistance should be complementary to the efforts of the States concerned and be used to cover a share of the public expenditure committed to dealing with the most essential emergency operations resulting from the emergency situation.

The Regulation, which has entered into force today, is available here.


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