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Hungary: EIB provides additional €146 million to improve resilience of healthcare sector

Christian Fernsby |
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the bank of the European Union, and the Ministry of Finance of Hungary have signed a €146 million loan to support the country’s healthcare sector with the procurement of medical supplies, mobile units and a wide range of equipment.

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The loan also covers the procurement of personal protection equipment for medical workers and emergency responders.

The operation will benefit the National Directorate General for Hospitals (Országos Kórházi Főigazgatóság), Hungary’s national agency for hospital management.

EIB Vice-President Teresa Czerwińska, who is responsible for operations in Hungary, said: “EIB is very proud of its continuing support for the protection of lives in Hungary from the coronavirus and, equally, of its support for the Government of Hungary in the efforts to tackle the pandemic.

"The loan we have signed is a part of EIB’s tailor-made response to COVID-19. It demonstrates our efforts to strengthen the European healthcare systems and to ensure that all of our citizens and medical workers are equipped with the best possible protective measures.

"We stand ready to continue helping Hungary to recover from COVID-19 and to finance eligible projects serving that purpose. I would like to thank the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance minister Varga for the excellent cooperation on this important operation.

Mihály Varga, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Hungary, said: “This is the second EIB loan provided to strengthen the Hungarian healthcare system and its capacity to protect Hungarians from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now Hungary is prepared for a possible fourth wave of the epidemic. Last year, the EU bank provided €162.5 million to Hungary covering COVID-19-related procurements, bringing the total EIB support for increased resilience of the national healthcare system in the country to €308.5 million.”

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