EU disburses €160 million in macro-financial assistance to three Western Balkans partners

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed the first instalments of themacro-financial assistance programmes to Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Today’sdisbursement of €50 million to Kosovo, €30 million to Montenegro and €80 million to NorthMacedonia follows the agreement and ratification of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) overthe past months. The disbursement of the second tranche will be conditional on fulfilling the policyconditions laid down in the MoUs. The MoUs with the three Western Balkans partners are part of the€3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, aimed to helpthem limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing and swift implementationof these programmes is an important demonstration of the EU’s solidarity with these countries at atime of unprecedented crisis.