|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 99, Pages 9-12|
Regulation (EU) 2020/460 - formally adopted by the European Union on 30 March 2020 - amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States and to countries negotiating their accession to the Union that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency.
The EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) was created by Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 to support EU Member States and accession countries in situations of major disasters caused by natural events. The Fund can be mobilised upon an application from the concerned country if the disaster event has a dimension justifying intervention at European level. However, the existing rules strictly limit support to natural disasters causing physical damage.
The European Commission proposed on 13 March 2020 that the scope of the EUSF was extended to include major public health emergencies and to define specific operations eligible for financing. This proposal was adopted as part of a package responding to the economic impact of the sanitary crisis. It was processed and negotiated by the co-legislators as a matter of urgency. The European Parliament endorsed the initiative on 26 March, followed by the Council of the European Union on 30 March. The Act was published in the Official Journal on 31 March 2020.
|Subject Categories||Health, Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Civil Protection, Public Health|
|Keywords||COVID-19 (Coronavirus), European Union Solidarity Fund [EUSF]
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|