European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi has said the European Union will provide Eastern Partner countries with EUR 962 million to counter the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in particular, over EUR 190 million will be allocated for Ukraine's immediate and short-term needs amid the pandemic.

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"In support of our Eastern Partner countries in the fight against coronavirus, both regional and bilateral funds are being redirected as part of TeamEurope response, amounting to EUR 962 million, for immediate needs and mitigating socio-economic impact," he said on Twitter on April 8.

In particular, Ukraine will receive the funds for the building of community resilience through assistance to vulnerable people, transition to online education, and fighting disinformation.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 30, it became known that the European Union was allocating EUR 80 million for the war on the novel coronavirus in Ukraine.

UNIAN memo. The Eastern Partnership is a political initiative launched at the Prague Summit in May 2009, which aims to bring together six eastern neighbors, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine with the European Union.

The EU's cooperation with Eastern partners is focused on stimulating political, social and economic reforms. This means strengthening democracy and achieving stable and balanced growth in the interests of citizens.