Mateusz Morawiecki took part in a videoconference held by the European Union together with France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Norway and Saudi Arabia. Representatives of the states and governments stressed the necessity of obtaining funds to accelerate research into vaccines, diagnostics and treatment of COVID-19. The amount raised was EUR 7.4 billlion. The initiative is to be carried out in close cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other global partners.
‘Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Poland has been an avid supporter of a stronger reaction by Europe to combat both the disease and its direct consequences,’ the Head of Polish Government remarked. ‘The point is also to counteract the effect of COVID-19 felt by all of us in our societies and the economy,’ he added.
The Prime Minister also cited an initiative by the Visegrád Group, with the presidency of the group to be taken over by Poland in July 2020. The initiative sets out to reallocate a part of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, EUR 20 million of which Poland has suggested should be transferred to combat COVID-19 in Libya. This country is one of the most vulnerable to uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus.
Polish aid in the fight against COVID-19
Mateusz Morawiecki highlighted the worldwide efforts made by our country so far to support the struggle against the pandemic. Thus far, Polish medical teams have aided such countries as Italy, the US and Kyrgyzstan. Poland has also carried out humanitarian and development activities, including the provision of approximately EUR 3.8 million worth of medical equipment to Eastern Partnership countries. The resources supported hospitals and other facilities serving to combat the pandemic.
Furthermore, another edition of the Polish Challenge Fund for Polish businesses will be launched, dedicated to solutions related to data and digital identity and tackling pandemic-related challenges, starting from providing aid to Belarus and Ukraine (ca. EUR 250 thousand). Poland has also supported multilateral mechanisms by allocating ca. EUR 250 thousand to the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and another EUR 250 thousand for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). We are also in the process of approving humanitarian aid of over EUR 1.5 million, in addition to providing extra support to countries of the Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, Africa and Middle East.