In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the urgent need to tackle the associated public health crisis, the scope of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) has been extended to cover major public health emergencies.
The EUSF may be mobilised at the request of
The estimated expenditure on emergency response measures to support the public and limit the spread of the disease within 4 months of the date on which the country took its first public measure to tackle the crisis, is to be more than €1.5 billion in 2011 prices, or more than 0.3 of its gross national income
EUSF funding will complement the efforts of the affected countries. It will cover part of their public expenditure on:
1. Before you apply, get in touch as soon as possible with the team responsible in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy using the contact details at the bottom of this page. They can help you speed up the application procedure to the maximum.
2. Apply using the mandatory health emergencies application form (below). This ensures that applications are readily comparable and speeds up processing.
3. Make sure your application reaches the Commission within 12 weeks of the date on which your country first took official action to tackle the emergency.
You can send updates or additional information, but they must reach us by 24 June 2020. The Commission wants to make sure all COVID-19 applications are treated fairly – there is no ‘first come first served’ principle.
What happens next?
a. The Commission will assess all complete applications received by the deadline of 24 June 2020.
b. It will then propose an amount of aid to the European Parliament and the Council, which will decide whether to approve it.
c. The Commission will then take a decision awarding the aid to the countries affected.
d. These countries will receive the aid immediately, as a lump sum.
e. Countries receiving aid are responsible for implementation. This includes selecting operations, auditing them and conducting checks.
Emergency measures may be financed retroactively from the day of the first official measure taken and up to 4 months after.
Here is all what you need to know to prepare your application
All types of assistance to the public (medical, health sector and civil-protection-type measures) and any type of measure taken to contain the disease, such as:
Find here more information about eligible costs
The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will finance part of public spending, calculated as follows:
If, for any reason, the budgetary resources available (around €800 million were forecasted at the moment of adoption of the amended EUSF Regulation in March 2020) are insufficient to award the full amounts as calculated by the above method, the amounts will be reduced so as to divide the budget available fairly among all eligible applicants.
DG Regional and Urban Policy
phone: +32 229-66062
phone: +32 2 295 36 09