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J. Joksimović and Várhelyi on measures for tackling COVID-19 in the European Union and the Republic of Serbia

June 26 2020 | Belgrade

J. Joksimović and Várhelyi on measures for tackling COVID-19 in the European Union and the Republic of Serbia

Coordination of activities with international partners, particularly with the EU, is the only way to overcome challenges that transcend borders, such as the coronavirus pandemic, and only through coordinated efforts is it possible to tackle the further spread of the infection and appropriately prepare for a potential second wave of the epidemic, as stated by Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović.

Today, Joksimović has participated in a video meeting with Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and the Western Balkan ministers of foreign affairs and European integration, where they had a chance to exchange opinions and information on activities that are being undertaken and planned in the EU and Serbia aimed at improving the health situation and assuming full control over the coronavirus epidemic.

According to the Ministry of European Integration, Joksimović has informed Commissioner Várhelyi about the new measures adopted by the Crisis Response Team to Curb Infectious Disease COVID-19 in view of the increased number of infected people, and about the capacities of the Serbian healthcare system.

“Regular contact with Commissioner Várhelyi is a chance to inform the European Commission about the activities we have undertaken in the area of improving the health situation and curbing the spread of the coronavirus infection,” said Joksimović.

She has welcomed the decision to put Serbia on the list of countries for the normalisation of the cross-border regime with the EU as of 1 July. 

“We are grateful for the Commissioner’s continuous interest, personal engagement and support he has been providing to Serbia as a country in the EU accession process,” said Joksimović.

During the video meeting, the Western Balkan ministers of foreign affairs and European integration informed the Commissioner about the latest state of play, the number of infected people and about the current measures for tackling the spread of the coronavirus.

Source: Tanjug