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Parliamentary questions
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20 November 2020
E-003757/2020(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Várhelyi
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003757/2020

To tackle the impact of Covid-19 and address the root causes of the pandemic, the global EU response through Team Europe(1) approach focuses on three strands of action: (1) emergency response to the immediate health crisis and resulting humanitarian needs; (2) health, water and research; and (3) addressing the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic.

The EU’s response comprises a package of new actions from 2020 programmes in addition to the re-orientation of ongoing actions (including budget support operations) to deliver rapid help to partner countries. For re-oriented actions, there was no change in implementing partners. In all partner countries, EU Delegations, in cooperation with EU humanitarian field staff, rapidly identified local needs in close consultation with governments, EU Member States, international organisations, civil society organisations and other relevant actors. The allocation of funding to the various projects was determined by the available budgets. Projects partners include key implementing and multilateral partners(2) to ensure that the EU response is channelled efficiently to the specific strands mentioned above.

More detailed information requested by the Honourable Member is available on the Commission’s websites(3). New funding decisions (which include details on implementing partners) can be accessed on the Commission website referred to in the footnote (Topic: ‘EU Global Response to Covid-19’)(4). No operations were undertaken in Kashmir.

(1)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/77326/coronavirus-european-union-launches-%E2%80%9Cteam-europe%E2%80%9D-package-support-partner-countries-more-%E2%82%AC20_en
(2)United Nations Agencies, inter alia, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Office for Project Services, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, EU Member States agencies, such as Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and Agence Française de Développement, European Development Banks (European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), non-governmental organisations such as Caritas, Oxfam, Care, Relief International and others
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/topics/eu-global-response-covid-19_en
https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/news_corner/eu-response-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic_en  
(4)https://ec.europa.eu/international-partnerships/documents-library_en
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