10 Apr 2020

EU to redirect funds for pandemic response in Pacific

2:29 pm on 10 April 2020

The European Union will redirect $US130 million to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in the Pacific.

European Union's new ambassador for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam.

European Union's new ambassador for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam. Photo: Twitter / Sujiro Seam

The bloc's ambassador to the Pacific, Sujiro Seam, said 15 Pacific states and four territories would be eligible for the support.

The money will be redirected from existing EU-funded programmes in the Pacific.

Seam said the money would help strengthen countries' preparations, the capacity of their health systems and mitigate the pandemic's socioeconomic impact.

A detailed support programme for the Pacific will be announced "in the coming days".