Disinfo: EU refuses aid to Serbia in the fight against the coronavirus, China and brotherly Russia generously respond


The European Union completely denied Serbia’s request for aid in the fight against the coronavirus. In doing so, Europe displayed the same “solidarity” to Belgrade as it did in 1999 during the tragic bombings of the country. Faraway China and brotherly Russia, however, generously responded to Serbia’s request and sent medical equipment and staff to help the country combat the deadly virus while the EU remained silent.


A recurring disinformation narrative about the EU and the coronavirus pandemic.

The EU mobilised immediate support for the fight against the coronavirus to its partners in the Western Balkans, including Serbia. As per the partners’ request, the Commission provided support for the supply of medical devices and personal equipment to address the immediate needs of the public health systems in the countries. In Serbia, the EU aid for immediate medical needs amounts to 15 million EUR. The Commission mobilised additional funds to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the outbreak through the support of the private sector, social protection, and resilience in the health sector. Serbia will benefit from 78.4 million EUR for this purpose.

Additionally, the strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks and other supplies, financed by the European Commission, is open to all member states and Iceland, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey. Serbia’s European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimovic highlighted the importance of Belgrade’s inclusion in the mechanism.

In the last 20 years, the European Union has been instrumental in the modernisation of the Serbian health sector which provides the foundation for the fight against the coronavirus. This includes building hospitals and institutes of public health, equipment of hospitals, emergency facilities and health centres, including ventilators, all of which are paramount during the current pandemic.


  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: China, EU, Serbia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU disintegration


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