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J. Joksimović: eConference of Serbian and EU Coronavirus experts

March 17 2020 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović: eConference of Serbian and EU Coronavirus experts

In order to undertake further measures for preventing and tackling the consequences of the Coronavirus epidemic in the Republic of Serbia and the region, the Ministry of European Integration (MEI), led by Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović, has mediated, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in organising a special eConference meeting of Serbian and EU experts dealing with COVID-19 suppression measures.

In cooperation with representatives of the European Commission from the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), and Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), the first eConference meeting will be held today regarding the measures undertaken in the context of a common European response to the pandemic, the specific needs of countries facing an increasing number of patients, as well as the measures that have been undertaken and could be undertaken in the coming period in terms of stronger prevention and preservation of the stability of the healthcare system.

In addition to the representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, experts from the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases of the Clinical Centre of Serbia and the Institute of Public Health of Serbia "Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut" are also expected to participate at this conference, where they will discuss this issue with their European colleagues from the Health Security Committee, the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), representatives of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO).
Joksimović has stressed that, taking into account the seriousness of the situation at the international and internal level, the Ministry of European Integration continues, in this way, to contribute by actively linking the relevant bodies and institutions of the Republic of Serbia and the EU, in order to provide wider international support to the healthcare system of the Republic of Serbia, all with the aim to preserve and protect the health of all citizens.

She has said that, in the circumstances of emergency measures in both Serbia and the EU, the meeting represents a demonstration of EU’s solidarity with Serbia and other EU candidate countries, and shows the seriousness with which the Government of the Republic of Serbia has approached the undertaking of concrete measures.

The manner in which Serbia handles the challenges shows that it is ready and able to actively contribute to the development of all relevant EU sectoral policies, which, by their importance, are part of a common European response to global threats and challenges that both the EU and the region face, Joksimović has stressed. 

Source: Tanjug