This is the third in a series of four publications by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, covering the efforts to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led most governments to impose restrictive measures. As a result, economies in the Eastern Partnership region have been hit hard. Even though actions to mitigate the economic impact have been taken by governments, such as tax relief, unemployment benefits and income support, their effects will be felt only in the medium and long term. The efforts of civil society to support vulnerable categories like low-wage workers, women and SMEs are essential in the immediate response to the crisis.
This paper has been elaborated in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum #PrepareEaP4Health campaign and aims to illustrate the context in which civil society is addressing the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 public health crisis.