As part of the ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign, the European Commission has created a new system to channel in-kind donations from the private sector to Ukraine, Moldova and neighbouring EU Member States, to help cater for the needs of internally displaced and refugees.
The EU will coordinate the delivery of large-scale in-kind donations of vital items such as medicines, vaccines, medical equipment, tents, beds and emergency blankets.
The deliveries will be carried out in cooperation with the Belgian civil protection authorities and via the rescEU strategic reserve of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
These donations can help address the risk of epidemic and protect the most vulnerable, in particular children. The EU Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) will support the EU Civil Protection Mechanism by securing childhood vaccines and other essential medical supplies through support from the pharma industry and ministries of health.
The Foundation at Sanofi is contributing to this effort with a donation of 200,000 diphtheria and tetanus vaccines for Ukraine. Another 70,000 have been offered to Czechia, Slovakia and Moldova via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Companies can also choose to donate other items to improve the living conditions of internally displaced and refugees, such as laptops for example.
How does it work?
The Commission is in direct contact with Ukrainian and neighbouring civil protection authorities and receives continuous updates of urgently needed items on the ground.
Private entities that wish to donate are invited to contact the European Union via email: ECHOfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Upon receipt of offers for donation by private entities, the Commission evaluate the offer together with countries requesting the assistance to match needs. This is to ensure that most needed items receive priority for delivery.
- The private company receives an email of acceptance with further instruction to arrange the delivery to a temporary rescEU warehouse.
- From there, the Commission will organise and financially cover the delivery of items to its logistical hubs in either Poland, Romania or Slovakia.
More information: European Commission – Press release