The European Union, its Member States and European financial institutions, in particular the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), have collectively provided Jordan with €841 million since March 2020 to date to support the Kingdom's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The support provided under the "Team Europe" initiative targeted sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, including healthcare, economy, education, and social protection.
As Team Europe, the EU responded swiftly by accelerating and calibrating its support to existing programmes, adapting upcoming support and providing additional funding to help overcome the impact of the crisis.
To reinforce the capacity of the Jordanian healthcare system, Team Europe has provided essential support to the Ministry of Health: COVID-19 vaccines, advanced PCR processing system, pick-up vehicles, refrigerated vehicles and personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and for rapid response teams.
Team Europe has also provided 300 tablets for the collection of data by the COVID-19 National Immunization Electronic Data System, 100,000 COVID-19 diagnostic kits, 200,000 rapid diagnostic tests, over 230,000 doses of influenza vaccines in addition to laboratory, cold chain and hospital equipment.
Additionally, Team Europe stepped up its operations to support the Jordanian economy, by providing Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) to Jordan in the form of concessional loans to complement the economic support programme that Jordan agreed with the International Monetary Fund. Team Europe has also supported the private sector.
Team Europe has also supported the government’s ‘Education during Emergency Plan’ (EDEP). Through this support, 98,000 students in 390 schools are benefiting from basic hygiene supplies; vulnerable children are benefiting from online learning platforms and e-learning resources; almost 400 Jordanians from disadvantaged host communities and Syrian refugees enrolled in higher education programmes received laptops and guidance to transition to e-learning; and all schools in Syrian refugee camps have been supported to provide a safe environment for children, free from risk of surface contamination..
Furthermore, Team Europe has provided the additional cash assistance needs identified by the National Aid Fund (NAF); provided goods and operating expenditures to fight the spread of COVID-19 among affected communities in 21 municipalities; and provided counselling sessions, sports activities and awareness raising for women and children affected by domestic violence during the lockdown.
Beyond these four priority sectors, Team Europe has supported the public administration’s operations by helping in producing the back to work guide for civil servants, in the delivery of critical infrastructure (water supply, wastewater management, solid waste management and energy), and in supporting cultural operators.